Chief Rob Lane, Assistant Chief Tim Freeman, and Captain Terry Marshall covered quite a bit of information before it was time to undergo the night’s training exercise.
The chief talked about the need for more radio communication while onsite before, during, and after fires. He stressed the importance of really describing the scene and relaying information such as the need for more backup or support and resources.
He was also concerned about the proper trucks rolling out from the correct stations when handling calls. He discussed training for the firefighters about the use of each truck, the equipment on each truck, and driving the trucks. As an ongoing effort to train the firefighters, Rob and Tim, along with a few other instructors, will be administering tests and practicals before firefighters are signed off and authorized to use each truck.
The captain brought information about Line 390 Tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers. We will try to get information on this and post it soon. In the meantime, remember to ask your tax consultant about it when you file your taxes.
The practical training for the evening was about using the Cleveland Hose Pack. Firefighters and Junior Firefighters practiced this way of packing the 50′ and 100′ hoses. You will find some video and photos below.
We will soon be releasing the second article in the “What’s In/What’s On” series. This article will be about Engine 17, which we have used as our logo for the WFPD. Volunteer Firefighter John Powell spent time with Social Media Manager, Sam Henley, walking around the truck and explaining what is on/in the compartments and cab. Look for that article shortly!
The WFPD would like to thank future BC MO CERT Coordinator, Barb Vining, for coming out to meet us, introduce herself, and sit in on a training session! The WFPD is supportive of other volunteer organizations in the county, such as the BC MO CERT and the BC ARES.