Annual Brush Fire Drill – Carver/Plymouth Airport - April 26, 2015

The 2015 Spring Brush Fire Drill, under the direction of Deputy Eric Germaine, was AWESOME.  Apparatus and about 150+ personnel participated from Plymouth, Wareham, Onset, Plympton, Duxbury, Rochester, Marion, Hanover, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, State DCR (District 2), and State MMR, represented 11 Plymouth County Communities and two state agencies. The group worked as a cohesive team with Carver units for 3 hours of intense training in the very unique forest fire operations that have evolved here in southern Plymouth County.  Crews had the opportunity to operate Brush breakers and UTV’s in the woods getting the feel of pushing trees over, using hand signals to communicate, and knocking over targets using deck lines, as the trucks ambled through the woods. Additionally, everyone spent time at stations set up to teach chain saw use, long hand line operation/competition, water supply and familiarization of the Mobile Command Posts. At the conclusion of the drill a cookout hosted by Chief Weston, Chief Benjamino, Chief Bradley and Bob Middendorf was enjoyed by all.   A hearty thanks to the Officers and Firefighters of the participating Departments for making the exercise a huge success.  Smiles seemed to be everywhere and EVERYONE learned something. (Photo’s by Firefighter Steve Falconer)