Monday, May 17, 2021

Ladder training was the focus of training on Monday May 17, 2021 at the fire station. The class brought together engineers, firefighters, and a prospective new member to learn, review, and discuss ladder company operations. Past Chief Jeff Hurlock, Engineers Roland Timmons and Gary Faulkner instructed the class which revolved around more about the actual operation of the truck verses the role of a truck company. The qualified engineers were recertified on the turn table, members who have never run the turn table were given the opportunity to run the turn table to get them some hands on experience if something were to happen to the driver at an alarm. Chief Pridemore stated "it is important for everyone to have an idea how to operate the turntable with limited staffing you never know when you may find yourself in need of someone to just operate the turntable. The training consisted in setting up the truck for operation, extending the outriggers, operating the turntable by raising it from the bed and touching the 4 cones that were placed on the roof of the nearby Atlantic Tractor facility, then returning the ladder to the bed and resetting the truck for normal operations. The instructors gave some tips not taught in regular training classes based on their experience. 

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