Video: Firefighters participate in “Skills Day”

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WELLFLEET – The Barnstable County Fire & Rescue Training Academy presented a “skills day” for lower and outer Cape firefighters at the Wellfleet Elementary School on Saturday.

The training consisted of four sessions. The first focused on battling a blaze involving solar panels. The presenter, Fire Captain Ray Stovall from Connecticut, will cover the impact and safety of a attacking a roof covered in solar panels. Firefighters will learn how to properly approach the dangers, electrical connections and vertical ventilation challenges presented by the panels.

The second session is called “Managing the Mayday” and is presented by Barnstable Fire Department Deputy Chief Peter Burke. He will cover how to safety and efficiently manage a mayday call on the fire ground by understanding the need for a rapid intervention team; pre-determined plan of action; and additional resources and their availability prior to a mayday.

The third session, presented by Captain James Bertram, Jr., from the Stoughton (MA) Fire Department, is a lecture and practical training evolution on how to safely and efficiently use air bags and struts at motor vehicle crashes.

The fourth session is a life-fire exercise using a mobile burn trailer provided by 1-800-BOARDUP, an emergency support company. The burn trailer provides firefighters with realistic training on how to attack small one-room fires.

Media release provided by the Barnstable County Fire & Rescue Training Academy; photos and video by Tim Caldwell/CWN
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