17, 2009- This evening's training session
was to refresh the different methods of stabilization
of a vehicle on it's wheels. Members split into four
groups and performed different types of stabilization
using cribbing, highlift jacks, come-a-longs, etc. It
was a very iformative evening going back to the basics.
27, 2009- This evening there was a joint
training session at the old Bonanza with Stations 17
(New Berlinville), 20 (Bechtelsville), 22 (Barto), and
5 (Oley). A senerio was setup simulating an explosion
and fire with persons trapped at the eating establishment.
The buiding was filled with theatrical smoke and crews
were split into suppression, ventilation, RIT, rescue,
roof, and all command positions required. During the
course of the evening crews were presented with rescue
of civilians, two simulated fires, one lost firefighter,
and one injured firefighter. They also had to ventilate
the smoke using mechanical ventilation. All the crews
worked seamlessly together and it was a very excellent
setup senerio. Unfortunately the building owner came
during the senerio and advised that this would be the
last time we would be able to utilze the structure as
it was sold and slated for demolition within the week.
We thank the owners for allowing us the opportunity
to use the structure for the last several months as
buildings of this nature are hard to acquire for training.
18 & 19- This weekend numerous members
continued with the technical rescue training participating
in the confined space rescue class. Members were tested
in entering confined spaces including a horizontal pipe,
and exhaust shaft on a roof of a commercial building.
Training and senerios of injured subjects with different
levels of air quality were presented to the crews. After
a long and exhausting weekend all members that participated
found the class to be very informative and challenging.
29, 2009- The weekly Monday training
session was held at the old Bonanza building and the
crew practiced their skills of rope rescue using the
stokes basket and Ladder 15 for patient removal The
crew did both below and above grade rescues and it was
a very informative evening taught by Firefighters Phil
Nunan and Corey Heimbach.
13 and 14, 2009- This weekend numerous
members participated in getting certified in advanced
Trench Rescue II taught through Bucks County Fire Training.
The crew practiced on intersecting trenches which included
both T and L trenches. Due to heavy rains the previous
days the personnel had to deal with dewatering the trench
before and during the training which added to the realism
of the weekend. Although everyone got muddy alot of
valuable information was learned. A special thanks goes
to Ron Swavely of Ace Animals for allowing us to dig
the trenches on his property and to Spring Twp. Fire
Department for bringing their collapse trailer for equipment.
We also thank the Berks County Department of Emergency
Services for allowing us the use of the trench equipment
for the training.
21, 2008 - This weekend several members
attended the Elevator Rescue Course which was conducted
at the fire station. The instruction included classroom
the first day and performing practical evolutions the
second day at various locations in our first due area.
Members practiced polling of a stuck elevator door and
removing a patient from an elevator stuck between floors.
The class was very informative and the fire company
would like to thank Campbell Fittings, Ott Funeral Home,
Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Chestnut Knoll Assisted
Living Center, and the National Penn Bank for allowing
us to use the elevators at their facilities for the
August 13, 2007 - Tonight, members from
Companies 15, 16 (Keystone), and 17 (Liberty) participated
in a joint training session held at Station 16. Officers
from Company 16 did a tour of their water rescue unit
and boat, practiced tossing throw bags, and discussed
various water rescue procedures. The purpose of these
joint sessions is to allow the members from the three
companies to interact and stay on the same page with
their training. Tonight was fun, yet informative, and
everybody had a good time learning about basic water
rescue procedures. Look back to see future training
sessions between the three companies! And thank you
to Company 16 for hosting the training session!
11, 2007 - Tonight, Bucks County Community
College sponsored a 3-hour course that was held at Station
15 called Attack and Back-up Lines. Instructor Brian
Mickley came down and taught members about hoseline
advancement, placement, and the purposes of having an
attack and a back-up line in room and contents fires.
Members practiced at becoming efficient with deploying
and advancing hoselines. Thanks to Brian and Bucks County
for offering this course and helping our members at
practicing these essential skills!
20, 2007 - Today, members from Stations
15, 16 (Keystone), 17 (Liberty), and Montgomery County
67 (Gilbertsville) participated in the practical day
for Pump Operations I. Each station brought an engine
to a local pond to practice pulling drafts and sending
water thorough various lengths and diameters of hose,
and also to master stream devices. The class was taught
through Bucks County by Eric Rickenbach. Thanks to Eric
and to everyone that participated in the class for making
the day fun while we learned about pumping!
April 28-29, 2007 - This weekend, 1st
Assistant Chief Glenn Trate (15-11), 2nd Assistant Chief
Ryan Bingaman (15-12), and Firefighters Ashley Neubauer,
Brian Sierocinski, Corey Heimbach, and Jeff Carl attended
a training course at Berks County Fire Training Center
called Mid-Rise Firefighting. Topics during this class
included firefighting operations in mid-rise buildings
(4-10 stories), standpipe systems, sprinkler systems,
building construction, and elevator operations. The
class consisted of classroom and practical evolutions
with live fire on the second day. Engine 15 was brought
to the training center on the day of the live burns
for water supply. All the members that attended gained
more experience and knowledge about firefighting tactics
and strategies for mid-rise buildings to better protect
our community. The class was very labor intensive and
other members at the station were encouraged to to attend
in the future.
31-April 1, 2006 - This weekend Second
Assistant Chief Ryan Bingaman (15-12) and firefighters
Ashley Neubauer and Brian Sierocinski participated in
a High-Rise Firefighting class held at the Berks County
Fire Training Center. Topics during this class included
firefighting operations in high-rise buildings (6+ stories),
standpipe systems, sprinkler systems, and elevator operations.
The class consisted of 25 firefighters from Berks and
Lancaster Counties. The second day included skill demonstrations
in live-fire environments. Overall, the class was very
interesting, extremely labor-intensive, and one that
would be recommended to firefighters to take in the
12, 2006 - Tonight was a joint training
session between Stations 15, 16 (Keystone), and 17 (Liberty).
The three companies met at a local warehouse in Boyertown
and practiced RIT evolutions. The first thing we all
did was gather inside the warehouse and discuss similarities
and differences between our SCBA's, because Station
17 uses MSA and we use Scott. Then we split up into
5 groups, 4 for the RIT evolution, and the fifth was
juniors. The juniors went with 17-10 (Wary) to go over
SCBA's, and the other 4 groups participated in the RIT
evolution inside the warehouse. We used a 170-pound
dummy and buried it underneath lots of "debris,"
and the groups donned SCBA and went inside to rescue
the dummy as if it were a downed firefighter. We performed
the evolution twice, and it was successful both times.
Everybody gained more knowledge about RIT skills and
had an enjoyable time doing so. The tri-company training
sessions will be quite regular throughout the year,
as an attempt to build a stronger bond between the three
companies. Look to our training page in the future to
see more news about our training!
26, 2006 - Tonight, personnel practiced
with ropes and rope accessories. The group split into
two, with one group constructing a block-and-tackle
system and a 3:1 mechanical advantage system, and the
other group practicing basic knots and hoisting tools.
The training session was very informative and we all
gained a basic knowledge of different aspects of rope
and high-angle rescue.
February 12, 2007 - Tonight, personnel
from Companies 15, 16 (Keystone), and 17 (Liberty) participated
in a course called Bomb Threats and Improvised Devices.
The class was hosted by Bucks County, and was instructed
by Forrest Wieder. The 4-hour course was focused on
identifying different types of bombs and improvised
devices, and emergency response for terrorism incidents
and bomb threats. Thanks to Bucks County and Forrest
for coming down to our station to teach the class!
29, 2006 - Tonight, Companies 15 and
16 (Keystone) held a joint practice at Station 15 and
went over different vehicle rescue operations. We practiced
stabilization with different resources, and also trained
with hand tools, power tools, and hydraulic rescue tools.
The training session went smoothly, and everyone had
a good time refreshing vehicle rescue tactics.
14 , 2006 - Tonight for training, the
company practiced some more with the new rescue struts.
We used a donated pick-up truck to practice setting
up the struts, so we will feel more comfortable using
them at an emergency call. The group attending split
into four crews, and set them up on the truck when it
was on its wheels, on its side, and also on its roof.
The training session was very informative, and everyone
seemed to have a good time learning how to use the struts.
31, 2006 - Due to the extreme heat
and humidity, Company 17 (Liberty) invited Company 15
to their station for water battles, just to cool off
and have fun. How the battles worked, was that two hose
teams set up facing each other, and the object was to
use 1 3/4" hoselines to push a balloon across a
rope, and obviously whoever pushed it to the opposite
pole first wins the battle. The companies faced off
and displayed equal skills with the hoselines, but the
real point of the training was to have fun and become
closer with one of our fellow companies. Everyone had
a great time, and it was a fun way to stay cool in the
heat. Thanks to the Lib's for inviting us over to have
the water battles!
21, 2006 - This weekend was the last
practical evolution of the series of training classes
for the Vehicle Rescue Technician certification process
held at Station 17. The class consisted of members from
companies 15, 16 (Keystone), and 17 (Liberty), and was
instructed by Eric Rickenbach. The day started off with
members practicing with various power and hydraulic
tools on over a dozen donated vehicles. The class then
broke for lunch, while the instructors and other helpers
set up the "scene" for the final scenario.
While the members discussed their plans for the scenario,
Chief Chuck Neubauer (15-10) "dispatched"
the accident using Boyertown Channel 2, and the members
actually responded to the scene. The initial report
was that a child riding his bike was hit by a car. Engine
17-3 arrived on location to find a 4-vehicle pile-up
into a telephone pole with "live wires" down,
and a bicycle in the middle. After an hour and a half,
members extricated 7 victims, and also dealt with a
drum of hazardous materials found in the brown Bronco.
The scene was made to be a worst-case scenario, and
also to be challenging to the members. Everyone worked
together well and did a great job. Thanks to Eric Rickenbach
and his assistants for instructing and helping out with
the class. Thanks also to Rescue 14 (Bally) for assisting
with the practical evolutions and to Rescue 34 (Ruscombmanor)
for standing-by for any actual emergencies in the area.
25-26, 2006 - This weekend, six members
took the Structural Fire Rescue class held at the Berks
County Fire Training Center, instructed by Carl Seltzer
and Tony Romano. Second Assistant Chief Ryan Bingaman
(15-12), Third Assistant Chief Mike Thomas (15-13),
and firefighters Jason Carlile, Lance McNear, Ashley
Neubauer, and Phil Nunan participated in the class,
along with approximately twenty other firefighters from
around the county. The purpose of the class was to
the firefighters about victims of structure fires, and
how to remove them using various techniques, while also
considering the firefighters' own safety and incorporating
RIT skills. Though the 16-hour class was very labor-intensive,
it contained a lot of useful information. Some of the
evolutions included in the class were victim carries
and drags, victim extrication via ladders, a refresher
on knots, and advanced search techniques. Thanks to
the Carl Seltzer, Tony Romano, and their assistants
for presenting us with lots of useful information that
we can take to the fireground if ever needed.
27, 2006 - On Monday, February 27,
the Hooks participated in an air consumption drill for
our weekly training. The training was led by 3rd Assistant
Chief Mike Thomas (15-13) and Foreman Jarid Miller (15-14).
During the training, the firefighters wore full turnout
gear and SCBA and performed various tasks. Crews climbed
Ladder 15's main onto a roof, climbed down several groundladders,
walked a hundred yards, crawled down basement steps,
performed a search in a basement and crawled up basement
steps. These evolutions helped the firefighters determine
the amount of work they could do using an air back and
the amount of air that they consumed while doing the
30, 2006 - On Monday, January 30, firefighters
from the Hooks participated in a repelling practice
at our weekly training session. The crews were shown
the proper techniques for setting up for repelling as
well as how to properly repel. The training was very
informative and the firefighters in attendance learned
see several short videos of the repelling training,
28, 2006 - On Saturday, January 28,
the Friendship Hook & Ladder Company participated
in an Elevator and Escalator Emergencies class. The
class was a conclusion to a 16 hour class that focused
mainly on elevator and some escalator rescues. The class
started as 8 hours of lecture in the firehouse and ended
with 8 hours of practical training and exercises. Firefighters
traveled to several businesses in the Borough and used
the elevators. The firefighters learned the proper techniques
to opening a door with a key, poling a door with a poling
tool and controlling the elevator from the top of the
car. The class was an excellent one and everyone learned
alot and had a great time. Special thanks to instructors
Mike Armstrong and Eric Smith for teaching the class.
A very special thanks to Chestnut Knoll, Walnut Woods,
the National Penn Bank and Campbell Fittings for allowing
us to use their elevators.