Photos from the rescue training class on Sunday 3/2/2014. Members took part in a Montgomery County Fire Academy Class that took place at Station 6. In the photos the crew learns the ins and outs of vehicle stabilization and cribbing, an important first step in any vehicle-rescue scenario. Once the vehicle is stabilized the extrication of the patient can be successfully carried out. Crews learn how to position cribbing on vehicles that aren’t always on solidly on their wheels. Firefighters who successfully complete the course are certified in vehicle rescue on a national standard. Photos by Robert Wilmot, Jr.
On April 22, FF Zappacosta, Captain Huber and Chief Signora from Prospect Park Fire Company (Station 8) conducted a Forcible Entry class at Flourtown Fire Company. The Prospect and Flourtown crews worked from 1900 till 2200 on conventional forcible entry techniques, for both inward and outward swinging doors and special heavy duty security doors. It was a great night of training and we thank Prospect Park for sharing their expertise with us.
Special thanks go out to Flourtown Captain Chris Manning for facilitating this great opportunity and nights training! Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
Some members of Flourtown Fire Company and Wyndmoor Hose Company took part in Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training hosted by Safety and Survival Training LLC.
Firefighters learned self rescue techniques, SCBA rescue skills, grab and go techniques and other skills needed to actually make a rescue of fellow firefighters when needed on the fire grounds. All Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
Sunday May 6th brought Flourtown and Wyndmoor Fire Companies together to train on Heavy Truck and Bus Rescue. A donated school bus and tractor made the training realistic. The companies worked on stabilization, lifting, and accessing the vehicles from multiple points, using all tools available to them. The ending scenario set up by the presenters of the class, Safety and Survival Training, pulled together all that we learned through out the day and prepared us for the worst. A portion of the money for this class was donated by the Springfield Township High School Student Council.
On Sunday, February 12th, Wyndmoor Hose Company invited Flourtown Fire Company to participate in a unique multi-company training exercise.
Wyndmoor was able to acquire a structure (house) that was scheduled to be torn down the following day. This provided the Springfield Township Fire Company’s a unique opportunity to conduct realistic training evolutions that are normally simulated. These activities are normally simulated, unless there is training prop available, since they often involve making large holes when performed “live”, which would cause damage that would need to be prepared.
However, since the acquired structure was scheduled to be torn down, we were free to breach walls, cut vent holes in the roof, force open interior/exterior doors, pull ceilings, open walls, as well as many other fire fighting skills that we are not normally able to practice.