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On Shift Training Schedule
Updated On: Jan 29, 2013

        Training Division                                                 

Westport Fire Department On Shift Training Schedule
The goal of this schedule is to see to it that all groups are trained equally, and competently, regarding various topics that firefighters may face while on duty. Shift Commanders are to see to it that all topics are covered in depth to the best of their ability. If a Shift Commander does not feel comfortable with a topic, the Officer shall seek the assistance of the Deputy Chief, or through the Deputy Chief they may seek the assistance of a Department member that may specialize in a particular topic. The Shift Commander will review any and all department policies and SOP’s that may pertain to the monthly drill with his group before the drill begins. Shift Commander’s are encouraged to hold a classroom session on the scheduled topic if the weather does not cooperate. Shift Commander’s are strongly encouraged to hold the drill on another day if the weather does not cooperate. Lesson Plans will be generated, if applicable, prior to the month’s training. Officers are encouraged to review the schedule and air any concerns or recommendations with the Deputy. If an Officer is on vacation he shall ensure that the Senior Firefighter in the group has all necessary information to conduct the drill. In certain months a particular group may work two Wednesday shifts in a month, in this case an EMS drill or review will be developed for the second Wednesday the group works in the month. When available we will follow the MFA training sheets for FF I/II certification. This is a work in progress, and your feedback is very helpful to the success of this.
On Shift Training Schedule


·        January  – Ice Rescue Sled
-         Review Ice Rescue sled and its parts
-         Review Ice safety considerations
-         Review Survival suits
-         Review location of Ice Rescue Sled – What Vehicle is it in?
-         Conduct hands on drill (if ice is available)
-         Ideas, and considerations
-         Discuss EMS considerations regarding the patient and the rescuers
*Recommended Drill Site – Adamsville Pond – SOU*
·        February – RIT Packs
-         Review RIT Pack locations on vehicles
-         Review RIT Pack and various parts of the pack
-         Review RIT Pack Specifications
-         Review RIT Pack scenarios
-         Review RIT limitations
-         Hands on evolutions
*Recommended Drill Site – Station One or Two*
·        March  - Building Construction
-         Review various types of building construction – new and old
-         Review Building Type (Type I, Type II, etc)
-         Review various roof types
-         Discuss various considerations regarding fire spread in the different types of construction
-         Discuss ventilation techniques (roof types)
-         Discuss predicted fire spread
-         Discuss estimated amount of water needed (GPM formula for size of building)
*Recommended Drill Sites – Classroom session Station One or Two – Tour     New Fire Station to observe building construction
  • April  – Search and Rescue Operations to include MAYDAY
-         Review Search and Rescue patterns and techniques
-         Review Radio communications
-         Review MAYDAY communications
-         Search and Rescue evolutions
-         MAYDAY scenarios
*Recommended Drill Site – Either Station or a building to be determined*
  • May – Haz-Mat Operations – First Responder Level
-         Review Haz-Mat operations at the First Responder Level
-         Lesson plan to be determined by Haz Mat tech
-         Decon Evolution
 *Recommended Drill Site – Either Station*
  • June -Pumps and Hydraulics to include HAV Valve Operations
-         Drafting Operations
-         Pump pressures, review of gauges
-         Friction Loss, both hose and appliance
-         Nozzles, patterns and proper flow settings
-         HAV Valve Operation
-         Putting the pump in speed
-         Venturi operations
-         “Tips and tricks”
-         Pumping capacities
-         Hose line capacities
*Recommended Drill Site – White reserve parking lot along Rt 6. Tanker 1,   Engine 1 and Ladder 7 should be used along with 2 portable tanks*
  • July – Boat Operations, Westport River & Harbor awareness
-         Overview of Marine 1
-         Trailer Hook-up and Towing evolution
-         Launching Marine One
-         Navigation in strong current, effect on boat
-         Learning the waterways, Channels, and navigational Hazards
-         Landmarks for Orientation
-         Marine Radio Communications, Emergency Channels
-         Boating Safety
-         Proper Clean up and stowing of the vessel, following Salt Water contact
*Drill location – Westport River – Marine 1*
  • August  – Overview and Operations Of Ladder 7
-         Review equipment location
-         Review starting and stopping of engine
-         Review Basic features, location of power switches, PTO switches, headlights, wipers, etc
-         Review Jake Brake Operations, What is the Jake brake? When to use it and when not to use it
-         Review Generator and breaker panel
-         Review Pump Panel
-         Review Vehicle Specifications, to include Weight and height limitations of the truck itself and also of ladder and when flowing water
-         Ladder Operations, both Remote and manual
-         Starting and stopping of Power Saws
-         Scott Pack harnesses
-         Driving the truck in reverse
-         Review of Proper truck locations and considerations when arriving on the scene
*Recommended Drill Site – Westport High School*
  • September – Res-Q- Jacks
-         Review Location of equipment
-         Discuss different applications and scenarios jacks may be used
-         Discuss limitations of the equipment and benefits of the equipment
-         Discuss safety considerations
-         Review equipment, discuss what each piece is, what it does, and what it can’t do
-         Hands on application with vehicles
-         Discuss different considerations when applying jacks
-         “tips and tricks”
*Recommended Drill Site – Station Two in training area – vehicles will be on hand, do not use jaws on these vehicles, they will be used next month for Jaws drill   - Ladder 7*
·        October – Vehicle Extrication
-         Review Jaws on Ladder 7, discuss the equipment, location, power supply
-         Review Jaws on Engine 3, discuss the equipment, location, fuel mixture
-         Review Halogen, sawzall, etc
-         Review Dangers of New and Old Vehicles
-         Review vehicle stabilization prior to extrication
-         “Tips and tricks” – (ideas FF’s may have or past experiences)
-         Discuss safety hazards, air bag, battery, fuel, etc
-         Remove Hood, trunk, hatch, doors, seats, and roof
-         Roll Dash
*Drill site Station Two – 2-3 vehicles will be in the training area – Ladder 7, Engine 3*
  • November – Ropes and Knots
-         Review various ropes and knots commonly used in the fire service
-         Hands on knot tying
-         Hands on practice using ropes and knots to raise and lower equipment such as tools, ground ladder, hoselines, etc
*Recommended Drill Site – Either Station*
·        December – Carbon Monoxide Emergencies – CO Meter
-         Review Carbon Monoxide – What is it? How does it effect the human   body? 
-         Review EMS Protocol regarding CO poisoning
-         Review CO Detectors
-         Review the CO meter and its capabilities, including the various gases it detects
-         Review the LEL levels, meter readings
*Recommended Drill Site – Either Station*

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