June was another very active month for incidents with forty-seven total responses. Vehicle accidents and fire alarms were most common. Wexford crews assisted Marshall VFD with a vehicle fire on Perry Highway at Freeport Road.
Members spent June training on truck company operations, and specifically ground ladders and related operations. Fire service ladders are rated to hold much more weight than a standard household on contractor ladder. This makes them much heavier, requiring special skills and techniques to get them raised in a safe and efficient manner. The training drills provided multiple evolutions for members to develop their skills in placing and working on ladders. Check out our Facebook page @Wexfordvfc for some pictures of the drills members went through.
We updated our fleet to replace a 2009 Ford Explorer command vehicle with a 2018 Chevy Tahoe. The Explorer was put into service in 2014 after being purchased from the Northern Regional Police Department. The purpose of a command vehicle is to give the chief or other officer the ability to quickly respond to the scene (often ahead of the main trucks) to assess the situation and provide direction to incoming units. The 2009 Explorer will be posted for auction on Municibid in the coming weeks. We’ll get some additional pictures of the new command vehicle on our sites soon.