October Wexford VFC Recap
We responded to 28 incidents during October. It was a relatively quiet month for our members, and there were no major incidents. Most incidents involved alarms or motor vehicle crashes.
Training progress continued through October. Members continued to work on their vehicle rescue skills using a few old cars that were donated to us. Crews worked on techniques to stabilize vehicles on their side, as well as roof removal and other patient access techniques. We also hosted a Hazardous Materials Operations Refresher class through Butler County Community College. While we do not provide advanced hazmat services, we are trained to recognize hazmat situations and provide critical initial protective measures to help prevent a serious situation. Firefighters must complete annual refresher training that typically includes a lecture and a hands-on activity. This year’s hands-on activity involved constructing under and overflow dams in the event of a hazmat spill into a waterway such as a stream.
Special News- New Explorer Position Allows More Flexibility for Teens
We recently created a new Explorer member classification for individuals aged 14 & 15. Members at this age were previously classified as Junior Firefighters. The Explorer classification was created to allow for more of an observational role. This is a perfect opportunity for parents that would like to have their kids get involved with a community organization without concerns they may have over the dangers of participating in fire and emergency services. It is also a more relaxed position for teens that may have an interest but are reluctant to fully commit. Explorer members can choose to continue to the Junior Firefighter role where they can get more involved and start to take fire academy classes. Visit our recruitment page for more information and submit a contact form if you’re interested in meeting with our membership team.