Winfield Fire/EMS hosts skills training

Winfield Courier – May 6, 2015

Firefighters/paramedics Travis Ware and Kyle Tatro simulate roof ventilation with a chainsaw.

Firefighters/paramedics Travis Ware and Kyle Tatro simulate roof ventilation with a chainsaw.

Winfield firefighter/paramedic Josh Brandt works on stopping the flow from an activated sprinkler head.

Winfield firefighter/paramedic Josh Brandt works on stopping the flow from an activated sprinkler head.

Many Winfield residents may have noticed a large red semi-trailer parked in the lot of the Albertson Annex north of the Cowley County Courthouse on Friday where lots of activity was happening. The semi-trailer was part of a portable learning classroom as Winfield Fire/EMS Department hosted the Kansas Fire Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) Firefighter Skills Training Trailer on May 1.
Included in this training was hands-on training for roof ventilation with axes and chainsaws, forcible entry on doors, breaching a wall for self-rescue, overhaul operations and sprinkler operations. This course utilizes special built props in a 50-foot semi-trailer and gives the participant the opportunity to practice the skills that cannot be done on existing buildings without incurring the cost of repairing significant damage.
This training was brought to Winfield to develop the skills of the Fire/EMS personnel that were added when the emergency medical service became part of the department. The training was provided also to enhance the current skills of all WFD/EMS personnel. The department plans to host the KFRTI Interior Firefighting Burn Trailer later this year.
The department will also host a rope rescue course May 18-22 presented by Hutchinson Community College Fire Science.
” This course will be the first component for our new personnel as they begin their technical rescue training,” said Winfield Fire Chief Allan Stoll.
After completion of the technical rescue components, all of the Winfield Fire/EMS personnel will be trained in high angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, swift water rescue, ice rescue and urban search and rescue.



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