Both RIMU 4926 and 4928 headed to Petone for a simulated flooding call in a commercial building. Upon arrival both appointed OIC's of each crew went and investigated the damage and what was required. The shop was flooded from the office upstairs and water was still coming through the roof so salvage was required.
Both crews were briefed and they set to work to cover up the shop stock from further damage as well as provide lighting and using Aquavacs to get rid of the water.
A big Thankyou to Sue and Alex for providing their store Safeworx as our training venue for the night.
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HWOSU started back with a fun exercise which involved alot of team work and thinking outside the square.
The unit was tasked to carry out salvage on a multi story building so Fire Safety could go in and investigate. Once the water was channelled out of the affected floors with using tarps, light stands and lines we then had to assist with setting up lights on 2 different floor levels so Fire Safety could finish their investigation.
Everyone was thoroughly soaked and completed the task with ease
We all have fire extinguishers in our homes (or should have) and at our workplace to it's important that we know how to use them correctly. The first part of the drill was a bit of theory on fire extinguishment and types of fire extinguishers then it was out in the yard at Trentham station for a practical session. An oil tray was used to hold the accelerant then everyone got to extinguish the fire with both a CO2 and a dry powder extinguisher.
HWOSU members were tasked with an incident scene that had involved a car which had been involved in a fatal crash, so had to screen and block off the car and to light up the area both inside and outside the screen. This exercise was tasked to the QFF’s of the unit who are currently in training for their senior fire fighters rank. Members were broken up into two crews and set about their duties, using our gear to block off the car and lighting up the scene as requested
Photos to follow
Wellington Fire Support headed to the Valley for a day of traffic control training. Members of the Hutt Valley Fire Support also participated in the training assisting new members from Wellington Fire Support and brushing up on their own skills. The training consisted of theory, road coning and points duty. A great day of training and a good start on future combined training with the two units.
Earlier last month 3 of our newer members (Affectionally nicknamed Wayne Bedfords Babies by the trainers) had the opportunity to attend one of the first Operational Support course run at the National training Centre in Rotorua.
FF Schoeman reports as below
The weekend of the 16 & 17 June 2012, Adam, Mel and myself attended the Volunteer Operational Support Course at the National Training Centre in Rotorua
The objective of the training was to introduce, familiarize and extent training on our core roles. That been lighting, salvage and traffic control. This is a totally new training program that's been introduced.
Our training group was made up of mix of 12 FF and PFF from several different regions ranging from Invercargill to Northland. With a mixture of experiences ranging from less than a month to several years.
We had six instructors with alot of combined experiences between them, again from different regions throughout the country.
The unit had some training in the training room at Avalon station and completed an overwiew on the new Operational Support TAPS modules available to members on our firenet.
The unit also engaged in a fun communication exercise recreating play doh models via verbal communications only. Each team had 2 members in a different room and had to describe exactly what their model looked like and had to give clear instructions so it could be built at the other end by their team mates. the results were varied and colourful as per the photos and all members enjoyed the "different training style" Another fun training was had by all!!
The object of the exercise was to rescue an unknown number of children and adults from a drain in Moonshine Park, Upper Hutt. Due to the fact daylight savings has robbed us of the late daylight evenings the first requirement was to establish lighting so the rescue crews could perform their task. The crews successfully rescued 3 children from the drain who were unable to walk due (fake) injuries. Unfortunately the adult (aka Resus Annie) bled out due to her arms falling off and pronouced K41-1 at the scene. Many thanks to Storm, Ruarri and Skye for being our admirable patients for the exercise.