Congratulations to our Downingtown Fire Dept. volunteers, Dylan Seese (Alert Fire Co. No. 1) and Shannon Adamson (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) who successfully completed the required WRER (Water Rescue & Emergency Response) training to allow them to now be a member of the Downingtown Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.
Although, there is still more DFD training required for them to be qualified for Emergency Boat Operations, Advanced Line Systems and Ice Rescue, the WRER certification is a big accomplishment for these two volunteers, and they should be congratulated.
A job, well done Dylan and Shannon; welcome to the team. This is only the beginning of more water rescue training!
The following is an article from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC:
Rescue Members Complete Water Rescue Training
This weekend April 11-12, 2015, the Kennett Fire Company hosted Water Rescue & Emergency Response training. Kennett Fire Company, Station 24 is located in the borough of Kennett Square, Chester County, PA. This training is the Operations Level of water rescue training. WhiteCap Water Rescue Training (WWRT) provided the training. The following instructors from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training lead this training session Alex Myers, Scott Davis, Kenny McCardell and Todd A. Stahl. WWRT was assisted by Technician Level members Jeff Stevens, Alert Fire Company-Downingtown; Bryan Franks, Avondale Fire Company and Steve Shelton, Kennett Fire Company
This 16-hour course includes many valuable swift water rescue techniques. The course provides the base on which all other PA Fish & Boat Commission courses are built. Using both classroom, indoor pool and practical hands-on training, Water Rescue & Emergency Response covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670 Operations Level Guidelines.
The lecture part of the training was held at Station 24, Kennett Fire Company training room, with the indoor pool session taking place at the Lionville YMCA. The moving water session of the training was held on the Schuylkill River, Montgomery County.
There were 22 students participated in this WRER Training. WRER students hailed from: Kennett Fire Company, Lincoln Fire Company-Montgomery County, Fame Fire Company-West Chester, Alert and Minquas Fire Companies-Downingtown, Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company, Avondale Fire Company and Friendship Fire Company Dive Team-Phoenixville. Chris Plumley, Chief of the Kennett Fire Company scheduled and coordinated this training.
The water flow on the Schuylkill River was measured at 2,410 cfs. Water temperature was 44 degrees. The weather on this day started out with a cool 37 degrees, eventually warming with sunny skies and 68 degrees.
Students attending, successfully completed the indoor pool session, passed their Written and Practical Exams for WRER. An excellent group of students to work with. All students were properly outfitted and inspected their gear prior to arriving at the site. Upon starting the training, the students performed a site assessment and identified all hazards, shoreline conditions and water dynamics. A fantastic job by all! We at WhiteCap Water Rescue Training are impressed by how the students performed.
WhiteCap Water Rescue Training would like to thank Kennett Fire Company for hosting this WRER Training. A huge thank you for the dedication and professionalism by this group of students.
For more information on water rescue training and or rescue equipment visit us at http://www.whitecaprescue.com/Todd@whitecaprescue.c…/contact Todd
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