Congratulations to the following Downingtown Fire Dept. volunteers for completing the training requirements for the course of Water Rescue and Emergency Response, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission certification.
Our Sam Aikin, Avery Cooper, Brandon Ginter, Alex Green and Josh Tatham are now qualified and able to respond to water rescues with the Downingtown Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team at the Operations Level. This is the first level of several water rescue training’s that our volunteers will be taking over the next few years to qualify as Water Rescue Technicians.
This 16-hour course was co-hosted by the Downingtown Fire Dept. and the Thorndale Fire Co. and it included many valuable swift water rescue techniques. The course provides the base on which all other PA Fish and Boat Commission courses are built. Using both classroom, indoor pool (at the Coatesville Area Senior High School) and practical hands-on training; WRER covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670, Operations Level Guidelines.
Good luck, congratulations and welcome to our team! We would like to also recognize the other Chester County volunteers who were part of the long weekend training, from the Thorndale Fire Co., Fame Fire Co. No. 3 of West Chester, Lionville Fire Co. and Wagontown Fire Co. All of these companies are members of the Chester County Rescue Task Force. And, thanks to the instructors Todd Stahl, Mike Kiefer, Alex Myers and Brian Sarver from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC for conducting another great class. Tim Doty and Jeff Stevens, assisted with Safety and Support during the in-moving water, skills evaluation stations.
The photos are courtesy of WhiteCap Water Rescue Training Facebook site.