November Wexford VFC Recap
Here is what our dedicated firefighters have been up to in the Wexford VFC Recap for November:
WEXFORD VFC RECAP- INCIDENTS
November was a relatively quiet month with 27 total calls. Notable incidents include an assist with the Marshall VFD with a kitchen fire (pictured above) on November 14. The fire damage was contained to the kitchen cabinets. Crews also responded to a large brush fire in Pine on November 20. The fire burned over an acre and caused heat damage to the siding of an outbuilding. Most calls in November involved automatic alarms and motor vehicle crashes.
WEXFORD VFC RECAP- TRAINING
Members continued to train in order to maintain their readiness to respond. Training topics for November included standpipe operations, understanding smoke and fire alarm systems, and fire victim rescue techniques using ladders. Standpipes are fire protection piping in commercial buildings that firefighters connect their hoses to fight a fire. The training session used the standpipe in our training tower and focused on car fire in parking garage scenarios in preparation for the new parking garage on the Allegheny Health Network’s campus in Pine.
Responding to a house fire with victims trapped inside is something we hope that none of our residents ever experience, however, our firefighters must be prepared for that possibility. One tactic firefighter’s use involves entering a room with a high probability of a victim inside through a window and removing the victim via a ground ladder. It is a high-risk operation that is used when normal means to enter and search a building is blocked by fire. The picture above shows one of our crews performing the tactic using the training tower at our main station. Interested in learning more about this rescue technique? Check out this video.
Unfortunately, the 2020 Santa Express planned for Saturday, December 12 is canceled. View this link for a special statement on the decision to cancel.