Every emergency poses its own unique challenges to firefighters, so training is key to a successful outcome. While our crews train every day, this week added several layers of training to our staff this week.
Three firefighters attended Truck Company Operations, a three-day course in Indiana, as part of the preparation for putting our new ladder truck in service next year. The course identifies fireground truck operations and hands-on skills stations are conducted under increasing demanding and realistic conditions. There were more than 40 live fire drills during the course.
Two firefighters attended a five-day MUSAR Trench Rescue Technician Class at the Poudre Fire Authority training grounds in Fort Collins. The class teaches the students how to safely and efficiently respond to rescue calls specific to trench rescue. The hands-on portion of the class involves how to shore up trenches to ensure safe rescue techniques for responders and victims.
WSFR received an oil and gas grant for the purchase and training of a specialized high definition and thermal imaging drone. One of our firefighters attended Colorado State University’s drone class for emergency responders. Participants learned the legal and technical aspects of piloting drones, as well as spent hands-on time flying and learning the capabilities of the drones.
Several personnel from outside agencies, as well as three from WSFR, spent time at a three-day Vehicle Fire Investigation class WSFR hosted. The training utilized classroom and real-world scenarios where attendees scoured through cars intentionally set on fire in different ways to identify areas of origin and use of accelerants.
All WSFR crews attended a full day of vehicle extrication and stabilization. The class puts crew resources to the test with advanced extrication scenarios which require critical thinking and tool selection. Cars are stacked on top of each other, turned upside down and put on their sides and the crews are given an assignment to safely and efficiently gain access to the car to extricate patients.
WSFR would like to thank Carestream for allowing us to use its property for the vehicle fire investigation and extrication classes.
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