Safety Officer Driving Drill – Company 3 and south side of Company 1 (Photo’s by Chief Weston) - October 19, 2014

Health and Safety Officer, Captain Bob Telless, designed another great driving drill with a twist this year.  The drill consisted of three stations where firefighters each got a chance to drive a variety of CFD apparatus through DOT designed drving courses.  The first station consisted of a serpentine style course where Firefighters used Rescue 1, and Breakers 27 and 28 to navigate the “S” like course going forward and then used a spotter to back through the entire course.  Next up was the “Diminishing roadway and backup” of course.  Firefighters used Rescue 2, towing our Hovercraft, to enter a simulated 9′ 6″ roadway, which diminished to 8′, navigating a sharp conner and then having to back into a simulated water source.  The twist of the day was at the third station which resembled a narrowly design road way where firefighters used Engine 3 and Tanker 1 to simulate responding to a structure fire down a very narrow roadway.  Crews had to lay a 4″ supply line about 100′, use the Tanker to tie in our Carver connection and charge Engine 3’s new Blitz Fire nozzle to knock down a barrel target.  All events of the day had a judge and were timed with penalties assigned.  Overall, firefighters enjoyed the healthily competition while testing their driving skills.  Drills like this make us all better firefighters and help keep us SAFE!  (Photo’s by Chief Craig Weston)