Mass Casualty Incident - Joint Multi-Agency
Emergency Preparedness Drill
Fairhaven, MA - October 20, 2009
Fire, EMS, and Police personnel from several local
communities participated in a Mass Casualty Incident, or MCI, drill in
Fairhaven on October 20, 2009. Simulating a fuel tanker colliding with
a school bus, participating responders were tasked with extrication, triage,
and hazmat mitigation scenarios, testing the response skills and
interoperability of local communities such as Acushnet, Fairhaven,
Mattapoisett, Wareham, Rochester, and Freetown. Photos of the incident
were provided by Ed Pepin, Fairhaven Fire Department Photo Unit.
Vehicle Extrication - Fire / EMS Drill -
September 28, 2009
Members of both Acushnet Fire/Rescue and Acushnet EMS
conducted a joint vehicle extrication drill at Riverside Auto Salvage.
The drill allowed fire department members not only to practice extrication
techniques using the hydraulic extrication equipment, but also how to better
assist EMS personnel in properly protecting patients during the process as
well as how to properly "package" a patient during extrication operations.
Photos of the drill provided by Captain Mike Rothwell. Special thanks
to Firefighter Marc Cenerizio for providing the vehicle as well as putting
in the work to create realistic damage as would be seen at a real incident.
Pumping/Drafting Operations Drill - August 31, 2009
If there's a fire and there aren't any fire hydrants as
far as the eye can see, there's only one thing left to do--find the nearest
lake or pond, and draft. In areas of limited water supply, fire
departments are trained to draft water from nearby natural water sources to
fire fires. On Monday August 31st, 2009, Acushnet firefighters
practiced drafting and pumping techniques at the former town beach located
off of Lake Street. Photos by Captain Mike Rothwell.
Rope & Ladder Drill - June 29, 2009
Acushnet Firefighters practiced how to safely extricate
an injured victim from a rooftop position during the Department Drill for
June 2009. Combining ground ladder operations with techniques for
safely securing a Stokes rescue basket with ropes, firefighters used a
mannequin for a pretend victim to be packaged, and safely lowered to the
ground for waiting emergency crews to tend to. Photos by Captain Mike
Ventilation Drill - April 27, 2009
Using a simulated roof prop, built by Firefighter Eric
Arruda and Captain Al Robichaud, Acushnet firefighters were able to practice
vertical ventilation tactics using power saws and hand tools. Vertical
Ventilation is often conducted during a structure fire in conjunction with
an interior fire attack. By ventilating the highest point of a
structure above the fire, the products of combustion (smoke, heat) are
allowed to escape the building much easier, allowing firefighters greater
visibility as well as decreased temperatures in order to conduct
firefighting operations and searches. Photos from the drill provided by Captain Mike Rothwell.
Search and Rescue Drill - February 23, 2009
Acushnet firefighters took part in a search and rescue
drill at the Acushnet Community Center on Middle Road. A
downed-firefighter situation was used for the training evolution and groups
were timed on how quickly they extricated the firefighter. Below are
pictures from the drill provided by Captain Mike Rothwell.
Joint Fire/EMS Vehicle Extrication Training -
November 24, 2008
Members of both the Acushnet Fire/Rescue Department and
the Acushnet Emergency Medical Services took part in the practical portion
of a two-part vehicle extrication hosted by the Fire Department.
Members of both departments were able to get a first hand look at the
extrication process, as well as how EMTs and Paramedics successfully
immobilize auto accident victims for transport.
Vehicle Extrication Training - June 23, 2008
Firefighters were able to practice using the
hydraulic vehicle extrication tools during a drill at Station 1. Two
donated vehicles were made available for use during the drill. Photos
below from the drill.
Pump/Drafting Drill - June 16, 2008
Acushnet firefighters practiced their skills in pumping
and drafting water at the Town Barn on Middle Road recently. The
portable drop tank from Tanker 1 was used to setup a draft location for
Engine 5 to draft from, which in turn supplied water to nearby Squad 2.
Drills of this nature are essential for keeping all personnel sharp when
dealing with fire ground water flow issues.
Recruit Training - June 2008
Recruit Firefighter Eric Reilly is
currently completing his recruit training in the Firefighter I/II
certification class being held by the Mass Fire Academy at the Fall River
Fire Department's training facility. Pictured below are Eric and some
of his fellow recruits from the class taking part in live fire evolutions in
the MFA's Live Fire Simulator. This mobile training unit has several
different props contained within it, including a kitchen fire, bedroom fire,
and trash fire simulation all in separate rooms. The fire is fueled by
propane and is controlled by members of the MFA in a protected control room.
Smoke is generated within the trailer by a petroleum liquid based substance.
(Recruit Reilly is pictured below with the #84 on his helmet)
Large Area Search Drill
November 26, 2007
Department members practiced using rope-led search
techniques to search large, open spaces. The drill was held in the
auditorium of the Acushnet Middle School. These types of searches are
often conducted in manufacturing facilities or garage buildings that often
have expansive, wide-open interior rooms that often need to be searched in
the event of a fire. (Click on thumbnails for larger images)
members conducted an Ice Rescue Drill recently, using the cold
weather to their advantage. Firefighters used cold water
emersion suits to practice their rescue techniques in the event
that someone falls through the ice. The "victims" were played
by other department members dressed in the emersion suits. The
drill was conducted in the waters off of Lake Street. (click on
thumbnails to view larger images)
Ladder Truck Demonstrator
Department members got
an opportunity to gain some experience with aerial ladder truck
operations as the local Sutphen Fire Apparatus dealer brought a
mid-mounted 75' quint truck to town. The sales representatives
showed off the trucks capabilities and also allowed members to
climb the aerial device to the roof of the Acushnet Elementary
Schools. During this time, several members also practiced using
portable extension ladders as well.
Farland and Paul Frysinger took the department's rescue boat out
for a routine training exercise on north pond off of Lake Street
recently. In the event of a water rescue in any of the Town's
lakes and ponds, the department's Rescue Squad would respond
with Engine 3 towing the boat to the scene. Routine exercises
such as this help to keep members trained and ready for any
situation that may arise.
Drill - Hydraulic Extrication
practiced using the latest in Hydraulic Extrication equipment
possessed by the department during a drill at a local auto
salvage yard. The new equipment is much lighter and more
powerful than the system that was recently replaced. New
extrication techniques were also practiced so that members will
be better prepared for any unexpected situation that may arise.