Volunteer firefighters complete training
Six area volunteer fire departments added 17 members to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion Nov. 18 at a ceremony at Fullerton Fire Company.
The 194-hour Bucks County Fire Academy course was sponsored by Whitehall Township Fire Department Chief David Nelson.
The public safety training unit at Bucks County Community College provides training for first responder units in 11 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania with national- and state-level fire, rescue, emergency medical and hazardous material training and professional certification. The certification is portable and recognized by fire departments across the country.
The firefighting skills training included building construction, basic interior firefighting skills, fire behavior, forcible entry, personal safety equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, ropes and knots, search and rescue, vehicle fires, wild land fires and hazardous materials.
In addition to the 112 hours of basic firefighting, the volunteers learned lifesaving and first-aid skills and learned how to recognize, evaluate and deal with hazardous material incidents. The hazardous materials training covered events as small as an antifreeze spill at a motor vehicle accident scene to incidents as intimidating as weapons of mass destruction.
Lead instructor for the training was Lt. Christopher Groller, of Allentown Fire Department. He was assisted by several other state-certified trainers.