Mountain statesman | GFD improves response through various trainings

GRAFTON — Members of the Grafton Fire Department (GFD) take their duty to protect the lives and property of residents very seriously, upholding their motto, Pride Protecting People. To do this, the department follows various training courses throughout the year.

Recently, firefighters in the department took two trainings, learning valuable techniques and gaining vital information that will help them better serve the community.

“Our goal is to attend at least two trainings per month,” said Grafton Fire Chief Ryan Roberts. “This month we took two different courses, obtaining many certifications. “

In a recent course, offered by instructors from the University of West Virginia (WVU) Fire Department Extension, members of the fire department learned better ways to extricate patients trapped in a vehicle following a shipwreck.

“Over the weekend of December 4 and 5, members of the GFD and the Weston Fire Department participated in a vehicle extrication operations level course here on the service,” said Roberts. “During the training, members learned new techniques to help free individuals trapped in a vehicle. “

Throughout the two-day period, firefighters worked with battery-powered rescue tools such as a steel cutter, spreader and ram, as well as a combination tool, which is used to cut and extend the metal to free people from damaged cars, trucks and trucks. SUV.

“We would like to express our gratitude to CG&J Garage & Towing, LLC for donating the four vehicles needed to run the course,” said Roberts. “We would also like to thank Matt Reed and Donnie Lyndsey of WVU Fire Service Extension for teaching the class.”

Earlier this month, GFD members learned the ins and outs of various rescue scenarios through a series of courses that resulted in various certifications for the department.

“From that one class, the department got five new certifications,” said Roberts. “With the increased knowledge from this course, our firefighters will be better able to respond to various emergency situations. “

Through the training, the department received certification in Awareness and Rope Rescue Operations, courses designed to teach the skills necessary to safely and effectively perform basic technical rescues.

GFD has also obtained a Certificate in Machine Rescue Awareness. This course focused on what to do when personnel get stuck, entangled, or stuck in various types of machinery.

The department also received certification in Vehicle Rescue Awareness, learning how to properly and effectively handle vehicle crashes and Wilderness Rescue Awareness, where GFD members learned how to respond to an emergency in the back- Taylor County country.

“The trainings we attended were entry level lifesaving courses, which will then move us up to an operational level and finally to a technical level,” said Roberts.

And while GFD members constantly attend seminars and mandatory training courses, to keep abreast of the ever-changing regulations they must follow, they will also take training that goes beyond usual expectations.

“We will always strive to go above and beyond what is asked of us, so that we can continue to provide the best service to our community,” said Roberts. “We will be taking additional training either internally or through external entities to improve our response as a department.”

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