The management team of US Environmental, on Boot Rd. in Downingtown Borough invited the Downingtown Fire Dept. to participate in their annual Safety Day today.
After a few meetings and a tour of the facility by the DFD Chief Officers, Assistant Chief 45, Brett Wesson and the US Environmental Operations Manager Michael Gainor created a Confined Space Rescue Drill and Training event for our Rescue Technicians.
The morning started with Assistant Chief Wesson reviewing basics of confined space rescue with some newer members, while our more experience technicians were given a challenging scene to work with. The scenario had the first due, Rescue and Tower 45 with Air/Light 46 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2), dispatched for a rescue at US Environmental. Once there, they discovered they had a person unconscious in a tanker trailer. After performing an initial size-up, Captain 45 (Karl Stevens) assumed Command and requested resources from the Chester County Rescue Task Force to assist.
Stations 2 (Berwyn Fire Co.), 15 (Chester County HAZMAT), 25 (Longwood Fire Co.), 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) and 53 (Fame Fire Co. No. 3) were dispatched. As CCRTF resources “responded”, an incident action plan was developed. Crews then assembled rope rescue equipment and set up for a hauling and lowering system. The entry team was identified and suited up in rescue harnesses and supplied air breathing apparatus (SABA). Atmospheric monitoring was conducted prior to any entry and throughout the scenario. A back up team was also equipped in harnesses and SABA. Crews had to troubleshoot several obstacles during the session. Once the scenario was completed, crews restored equipment and gathered for a “hot-wash”. Several areas for improvement were identified to make the team that much better. It is through these realistic training drills that skills are honed and opportunities for improvement are identified. We train so that we can be at our best when the need arises!
We would like to thank the management and staff of US Environmental ( www.usenv.com ) and the volunteers of the DFD and the Chester County Rescue Task Force for giving-up their Saturday for this training event.
The photos are courtesy of the Chester County Rescue Task Force.