Two training opportunities in October
On October 4 and 5, 2014, the
Choconut Center Volunteer Fire Company will host two Task Force 1, Inc.
(www.taskforce1.net) training programs.
"COMMAND TECHNICIAN", lead by Battalion Chief Steve Schellenberg,
District of Columbia Fire & EMS, (ret.) show the need for support
staff for an incident commander.
Being an Incident Commander is a challenge. Documenting your
activities is critical. The incident commander must focused on incident
strategy. A “second set of eyes and ears” is mission critical to insure
the IC does not miss anything. This program will show the importance of
the “chief’s aide” or “Command Technician”. Following an interactive
lecture, students will participate in several realistic scenarios with
live audio and video under the watchful eyes of our instructors!
Chief Schellenberg served for over 28 years at DCFD. His last
assignment was Battalion Fire Chief from the 6th Battalion with a first
due area that included the White House, U.S. Capitol and other national
icons. With 15 years of Engine Company experience at the ranks of
private, technician and Lieutenant, five years of Truck Company
experience at the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain and a year of
experience in the Rescue Squad at the rank of Sergeant. He is a level
II Instructor having served as an adjunct instructor to the Training
Division. Steve chaired the Department’s Truck Company SOP’s committee
and co-authored the PPV procedures for DCFD.
An intense hands program, SQUAD/TRUCK SPECIAL SERVICES, will
cover a wide array of subjects including various truck and squad
company functions including search and rescue, ventilation, laddering,
and forcible entry and Rapid Intervention. Following a short classroom
session, the program will take to the streets with several hands on
drills planned. Note: Full PPE and SCBA required for this program!
Chris Ford, Firefighter, FDNY, Squad 61 is the lead instructor
for this program. Chris started his fire service career as a volunteer
in Northern Virginia. He worked in Loudoun County (VA) Fire and Rescue
and in the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department at Truck 13 and
Rescue 3. In 2006 he was hired at FDNY. He worked at Ladder 56 in the
Bronx and recently assigned to Squad 61. Chris specialized in truck
company operations, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and MAYDAY
Both programs will have limited enrollment. Enrollment deadline
is September 15, 2014. To enroll, email email@example.com.
throughout the eastern seaboard from Hurrican Sandy has resulted
in a massive mutual aid response.
Engine 57 relocated
to Nassau County, NY to lend a hand. Familar with flooding and devastion,
the 57 crew reported that the damage here is "unbelievable".
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