White Rock firefighters are better prepared than ever to rescue people in an emergency, thanks to a recent donation from the White Rock Rotary Club.
At the end of 2021, White Rock Fire-Rescue received a donation of $14,848 from the club to purchase training equipment.
Last Wednesday (April 27), firefighters demonstrated for club members and White Rock council officials, the new acquisitions – a forcible entry training aid and a rescue dummy nicknamed “Rescue Randy”.
The training aid simulates a locked metal door – similar to those found in many commercial buildings – which allows firefighters to practice using tools to perform a quick and effective forced entry in harsh conditions. ‘fire.
Rescue Randy, on the other hand, is a human figure weighing approximately 185 pounds – allowing firefighters to practice the best methods of carrying the dead weight of an unconscious victim from a fire scene.
Club President Gordy Sangha and members Ed Church and George Garrett – along with Mayor Darryl Walker, Coun. Anthony Manning, Fire Chief Ed Wolfe and Deputy Fire Chief Norm MacLeod – saw a team of firefighters in full emergency gear pull a fire truck behind the fire station, quickly connect a hose and deploy as they would in a real fire situation.
Approaching the training door, they quickly assessed it and used tools to open it, moved to ground level to find “Randy” several meters behind, then – still close to the ground – quickly dragged the dummy through the door.
The whole operation took just a few minutes – but in a real conflagration, quick and effective action can mean the difference between life and death.
Seven-year-old firefighter Mike Armstrong explained that firefighters must be able to quickly size each door with a few taps of the entry tools to locate deadbolts and any bars or four-by-fours stuck on them.
He added that best practice is to keep those doors closed between coordinated entry and exit “so you don’t put oxygen in the fire.”
“I’m so happy to be part of a community that can work together,” Walker said, praising both the club’s initiative and the continued work of White Rock Fire-Rescue.
“You are doing a phenomenal job,” Sangha said, “For us, we believe our homes and our families are safe.”
White Rock City Fire Department