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Our volunteers were busy training again this weekend at two locations.  The first location was at the Chester County Public Safety Training Center in South Coatesville  Our newest member, Alex Green is currently enrolled in the Pennsylvania Dept. Health – Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician.  Upon completion of this course, Alex will have learned about topics such as vehicle rescue incident management, tools/equipment, vehicle anatomy/design, hazard control, patient access, care, and packaging; disentanglement, extrication and termination.

The next course also at CCPSTC, was attended by our Fire Police Officers Pat and Carmen Semenza.  They are enrolled in a new course that is titled Introduction to the Fire Service for the Fire Police.  This course is designed to introduce Fire Police to basic information including an overview of the fire service, fire service organization, firefighter safety, personal protective equipment, tools, emergency lighting and backing apparatus safely.

The third course for the weekend was the final and practical exam for new Driver Trainee John Follett and and Lt. Karl Stevens that attended the Montgomery County Fire Academy with Engine 45 for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy – Pump Operations I and II.  This course provides the firefighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques. Emphasis is placed on getting water to the pump, getting water from the pump for hose streams, and prevention of common mistakes in pump operations. In addition, they learned about  friction loss, supply of standpipe and sprinkler systems, relay pumping, master streams, foam proportioners and elevated master streams.

Our volunteers are always eager and willing to learn something new or just sharpen their skills.  The DFD Officers would to thank our volunteers for taking time from their weekend to make themselves better at protecting our community.

Editors Note:  If you look close at one of the photos below, you will see our Engine 45 and an Engine from the Flourtown Fire Co. (Montgomery County) pumping with each other.  What is special about this photo is that past DFD Chief Bill Wilmot grew up and was a Junior Firefighter in Flourtown.  He then moved to Downingtown with his family and was a long-time member of Alert, in addition to his son Jeff becoming a member of Minquas in the 1970′s and 80′s.  During the class this weekend the youngest member of the Wilmot family of Flourtown had the opportunity to pump to her great-uncles fire company pumper.