Congratulations to our volunteer, Jeff Griffiths who successfully completed the required WRER (Water Rescue & Emergency Response) training to allow him to now be an Operations Level member of the Downingtown Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.
Although, there is still more DFD training required for Jeff to be qualified for Emergency Boat Operations, Advanced Line Systems and Ice Rescue, the WRER certification is a big accomplishment for this volunteers, and he should be congratulated.
A job, well done Jeff; welcome to the team. This is only the beginning of more water rescue training!
The following is an article from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC:
Rescue members train in poor conditions
Sunday’s WRER training on The Schuylkill River. Water temp was 48 degrees, winds were blowing at 45mph, air temp was 37 degrees and water was moving at 606cfs.
This 16-hour course includes many valuable swiftwater rescue techniques. Using both classroom and practical hands-on training, Water Rescue & Emergency Response covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670 operations level guidelines.
An awesome group of First Responders from various companies in Chester County; Fame (West Chester), Lionville, Wagontown, Alert (Downingtown) and Goodwill (West Chester). They were motivated, determined and very professional as they went through each skill station in the not so friendly weather conditions.
Thank you Fame Fire Company for hosting this specialized rescue training and the hospitality was very nice. Classroom session took place at Fame Fire, pool session was held at Westtown School and Skills were on the Schuylkill River.
All those attending successfully completed and passed their written exam and skills! Thank you students for another outstanding training!
Photos by John Pavoncello. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.
The training was conducted by WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC from York, PA.