May Fire Dept. Newsletter
Well April was busy as ever for the Fire Department this go around. We spent our days participating in multiple public events, training, and of course emergency calls.
The month of April kicked off the annual Fire Department Driver's Academy. The academy, which will span a 4-month period, is broken into two stages. First is Water Tender and Wild-land Attack truck and the second is, well, everything else, mainline pumpers, ladder truck and airport crash truck. The academy consists of classroom time, practical exercises, self-study book work, a minimum drive log and mandatory pumping scenarios as well as the final exams. And when this year’s group of students fulfill the requirements and successfully pass the final exam, they will be able to drive and perform fire ground operations on the apparatus assigned to them.
Along with the Driver’s Academy, all members of the Fire Department who operate or have the potential to operate any of the apparatus must complete monthly refresher training, April through August. As you can see from the pictures this month’s training was on maintaining proper water flow and pressure to multiple attack lines, like what would occur at a large commercial structure fire. This training can be quite an under taking for the on duty crew but is a necessary evil to develop and maintain the skills needed to perform efficiently at fire scenes.
Earlier this past month the Fire Department honored the only fallen firefighter in Twin Falls Fire Department history. Roy Parker was a member of the Fire Department for less than a year when he died in a commercial structure fire. Roy Parker was separated from the rest of his crew in the basement of the Penny-wise Drug Store, became disoriented, and succumbed to smoke inhalation. Multiple attempts were made to rescue Roy and six other members of the department were injured in the process. To honor our fallen brother, a memorial canvas and axe have been put on display in our classroom at Station 1. A smaller canvas was also built and presented to the daughter of Roy Parker and her children at the unveiling of the memorial. This project was made possible by the hard work of Captain Scott Widner, and Firefighter Jesse Killinger. Good Job Fellas!
Also this month a few members of the Fire Department strapped on our best pair of high heels and walked the walk. I would like to point out that this was for a fundraising event, not for fun. The event was Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a fundraiser for Voices Against Violence and the shelter that this organization operates to assist women and children affected by domestic violence. Now the event is called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, but I’m quite certain that the distance we covered in our stylish foot attire was well over the advertised “mile”. With all jokes aside, this event was very worthwhile and we hope to continue the tradition for years to come, a few blisters and sore feet are definitely worth it to participate in this event.
Well, that’s about it for this month, and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.
Pictures are from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event, Roy Parker Memorial Event, Driver/Operator Training, and Every 15 Minutes Event at CRHS.