April 8th and 9th was a busy weekend for the Alert No.1 volunteers. Generally, every Spring and Fall are full of training events for emergency personnel to participate in. And, this Spring is no different for some of our members that will be in training classes every weekend in April, so that we are better prepared to serve our citizens.
One of the training classes was hosted at the Alert firehouse in Downingtown this weekend. The hosted class was the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission – Emergency Boat Operations and Rescue training. Students attending this training represented the Chester County Rescue Task Force from Alert, Lionville Fire Co. and Fame Fire Co. No. 3 of West Chester.
The classroom portion of this training was held in the Alert training room with the boat and motor maintenance was shown and explained in their apparatus room on Saturday. Practical hands on skills were demonstrated by the instructors and performed by the students on the Susquehanna River at Columbia on Sunday. This training was conducted by WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC.
Two other Alert volunteers participated in the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy – Pumper Operations I and II course. This training took place at the Montgomery County Fire School in Consohocken with the students learning the proper techniques of pumping hand lines in addition to suburban and rural water supply.
Last but not least, our newest member of two months, jumped in with both feet and is enrolled in the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health – Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician training at the Chester County Public Safety Training Center in South Coatesville. Upon completion of the BVRT class, he will have learn the basics of vehicle stabilization using several different methods and tools, patient extrication using manual and hydraulic powered tools and scene safety.
Our training never stops and our current volunteers are eager to learn new skills.
Boat Ops photos are courtesy of Pavoncello Media Productions, Columbiaspy.com and WhiteCap Water Rescue.