March Fire Dept. Newsletter
Training is the word of the month for February around the Fire Department, well training and end of the year totals. Training was coming from all sides with SIFA, Rope Rescue, and Hazardous Material Training.
The annual Southern Idaho Fire Academy (SIFA) was held this past month in the Rupert area. The Academy is a three-day event full of crucial training. SIFA makes it possible for volunteer departments and smaller professional departments to get the necessary training needed to successfully do the job, while sharing the cost of the training with other departments. Instructors are brought in from all over the state to teach the classes which cover a wide range and accommodate everyone from the beginner level firefighter to the more seasoned individuals. A few members of TFFD attended and took advantage of this excellent training opportunity. All our boys who attended had a profitable experience and will now be able to apply what they learned to make their career here that much more successful.
The Rope Rescue Team held our monthly training this past month at CSI. The kind folks at the Applied Technology and Innovation Center allowed us to use one of their props to simulate a confined space rescue scenario. These types of emergency calls can range from underground vaults to someone stuck in a grain silo and finding a site to perform this training can be somewhat challenging. The fire department responds to very few of these calls but when we do usually time is of the essence, because of the nature of the injury to the patient or the dangerous atmosphere within the confined space. This particular training event was particularly useful because it allowed us to use all of our Confined Space specific equipment to affect the simulated rescue, although the weather could have been better. But all in all it was a good day of training.
The HAZMAT Team also worked through a training scenario this past month. The fire department responded to 189 Hazardous Condition calls in 2017, which includes the full blown chemical spill or release type incident to carbon monoxide accumulation in homes and businesses. The HAZMAT Team performs these training scenarios to make their actions at these calls more fluid and efficient. Typically at the more serious HAZMAT calls the team members have to don fully encapsulating suits and a breathing apparatus and then go to work facilitating rescues, mitigating spills, and or replacing broken pipes or valves to stop the spill or release of harmful material. The work itself is challenging enough and when you add the suit and equipment needed to protect the HAZMAT Team member it only further complicates the situation. So practice makes perfect or at least makes you better and more efficient.
Also this past month brought the TFFD 2017 Annual Report. Some of the notable findings that the report provided are as follows;
- Through Public Education the Fire Department was able to reach approximately 25,247 community members through our Learn Not To Burn Program, Station Tours, Extinguisher Demonstrations, and Fire Safety Programs and Fairs
- Members of TFFD logged over 6,100 training hours in 2017 which included both classroom time and drills or practical skill based exercises
- The Fire Prevention Division reviewed 960 building plans and completed 103 final inspections
- TFFD responded to 53 structure fires, 98 “other” fires(wildland, brush, rubbish, and outside equipment fires), 21 vehicle fires, 189 Hazardous Conditions, 336 fire alarm calls, 3,829 EMS/Rescue calls, and 887 other calls
So as you can see the fire department was quite busy in 2017 and 2018 is shaping up to be more of the same.
Well that’s about it for this month, and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!