Volunteer Firefighters Spent Saturday Training to Save Your Life
Cal Fire sponsored the event where crew members from Fruitland Ridge, Palo Verde, Redway, Alderpoint, Miranda, Briceland, Telegraph Ridge, Salmon Creek, Piercy and Garberville came to learn everything from how to work with a helicopter,
to how to extract someone from a vehicle,
to how to communicate clearly by radio.
Notice, not one of those situations actually included firefighting. They still have to train for that also. Plus, some of them are getting training in large animal rescue and CPR among other skills they need to use to help their community.
Remember this training is in addition to their regular jobs, the fundraising and training they do in order to belong to their fire companies, plus the actual response to the frequent response to emergencies. On Friday alone, volunteers from Garberville Fire responded to three separate incidents.
Captain David Brockman from Cal Fire pointed out that this kind of training builds trust between local volunteers and the paid professionals in his department. Brockman who served as safety officer during the event said, “It was good for them to know our faces and for us get to know them and get that good relationship.”
Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association thanked Cal Fire Battalion Chief for Battalion 1, Issac Lake, who was in charge of the event, Dave Brockman, as well as Diana Totten. They also acknowledged the help of multiple others, including
Catering for our wonderful food, Doris and Daughters Catering. Radio and Report on Conditions, Tran Beyna and Marie Sager. Auto Extrication, Shannon Stilwell, Dave Anderson, and Louis Lucier. Helicopter Operations, Mike McFarren, Logan Kalfsbeek, Geoff Marshall and Tyler Leonard.