Chief Rob asked for volunteers to help clean up, remodel, and paint the Racket Station. Once the cleanup is done, there will be an Open House for the public to visit the firehouse. The Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund will be assisting during the Open House and the “Fill the Boot” boots will be onsite!
The chief also talked about the upcoming class for certified extrication on October 10th and 17th at Station #1. Firefighters MUST attend BOTH classes to gain their certification.
He also went over the important paperwork that needs to be filled out for every scene and what each category on the paper is used for. Assistant Chief Tim also went over how important recording the origins and types of fire was for insurance companies and the homeowners. Everyone also talked about taking pictures at scenes, and Julie came up with the idea of putting cheap cameras on the trucks for documenting things that would be hard to or take a long time to copy down onto paper.
After the chief was done speaking, Assistant Chief Tim and Captain Terry talked about how to do a 360 and size-up. Among other things, they both emphasized that the firefighter’s health is most important and that you should NOT try to fight a fire if you’re on the verge of collapsing from exhaustion or heat.
There was a discussion about basic radio etiquette and how important it is to let other firefighters know the situation before they reach the scene if you are the first to arrive. PIO Sam Henley was asked to put together and run a training in the future about radio communication. That presentation is almost ready:
The WFPD will welcome any firefighters who wish to attend the communications training, as it does NOT just apply to one department or district!
After the information was distributed, the firefighters split up to get some air pack training and driver training for the rest of the meeting.
*More photos will be posted later.