Throughout the month of September, all Penn Firefighters will be receiving Low Angle Rescue Training using the new CMC Multi-Purpose Device. Each year Penn Firefighters responding to one or two low angle rescues along the St. Joseph Valley Parkwaym the Elm Road School Sledding Hill or along the banks of the St. Joseph River. The PTFD brought in Capt. Don Wise of the Niles (MI) Fire Department to conduct this training for its members. The MPD is a new piece of rope hardware which makes the rigging, lowering and raising during a rescue much easier for any firefighter to set-up. Here are some photos from the drill.
All Penn Township Fire Officers this week completed the Blue Card Command Certification Simulation Lab. This class was 24 hours of simulation based training, after all the students had completed a 50 hour online training course. More information about the Blue Card program is below or can be found at www.BlueCardCommand.com
The Blue Card Command Certification Program is a state of the art training and certification system that teaches Company and Command Officers how to standardize local incident operations across their organization. The program uses a combination of online and in-class simulation training which results in an Incident Commander solution that finally addresses local Hazard Zone operations.
The training is based entirely on retired Fire Chief Alan Brunacini’s Fire Command and Command Safety Textbooks which have been used globally in the Fire Service for over 30 years. The Blue Card Incident Commander Training and Certification Program are designed to manage local, NIMS Type 4 and 5 incidents. These 2 Incident Types account for more than 99 percent of a department’s incident activity. Until the advent of Blue Card, there has not been a curriculum or standard for an Incident Commander to manage a local, Type 4 and 5 Hazard Zone.
On Friday August 31, 2012, at 2057hrs the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. was dispatched to a reported residence fire at 10478 Jefferson Rd. Penn Twp. units arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the dispatch and found heavy fire coming from the rear of a small one story residence that was well off the road and backed up to the river. Prior to the arrival of the Penn Twp. FD neighbors had pulled the occupant of the residence from the home, who was sleeping at the time of the fire.
Penn Twp. Firefighters did an aggressive interior attack, and contained the fire within 10 minutes of arrival to the rear portion of the home, with some fire extension to the walls and attic. Two cats did perish in the fire, but there were no other injuries.
Penn Twp. Fire Units were assisted on the scene by companies from the Clay Fire Territory, Cleveland Twp. FD, Baugo Twp. FD and Osceola FD as well as South Bend Fire Dept. Medics.
Penn Twp. units cleared the scene at 2326hrs.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. A damage estimate is not available at this time.
The August Multi-Company Drill for the Penn Township Fire Department was an Auto Extrication Drill. Companies focused on hydraulic rescue tool operations, jacking the dash, taking doors at the hinges and stabilization of vehicles on their side or roof with the RESCUE 42 Struts. Here are some photos from the trainings:
Assistant Fire Chief of Administration John Snyder recently celebrated his 50th Birthday with a suprise party put on by family and members of the fire department. AC Snyder is one of the longest serving members of the Penn Twp. FD and has served in almost every rank throughout the department during his tenure.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHIEF AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!