Lincoln Sentinel Republican – May 28, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 29, 2015
Five Lincoln County firefighters recently completed a training course offered by the University of Kansas and instructed by Great Bend Fire Captain Kevin Stansfield.
Lincoln First Rural Chief Michel O’Hare, Asst. Chief Greg Babcock, and First Rural Firefighter Jarrod Heinze, along with Lincoln City Firefighters Jeremiah Zachgo and TJ Jonsson were among the class members from Lincoln, Ellsworth, Great Bend, and Rush Center who participated in the training.
The class, which was held at the Ellsworth fire station, started October 7, 2014, and was completed April 12, 2015. Classes were typically four hours one night a week, and eight hours one Saturday a month.
According to Chief O’Hare, the class included three different courses with a total of 171 hours of training. Coursework included Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 hours); Hazardous Materials Operations (32 hours); and Firefighter 1 (131 hours) with classroom instruction and skills tests.
“This class was physically and mentally challenging, but worth every minute to gain the knowledge we did,” O’Hare said. “Not only did we learn how to keep ourselves safe but also other members of the departments we respond with and the general public.”
Topics covered included Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Fire Behavior, Ropes and Knots, Haz-Mat Awareness, Haz-Mat Operations, Building Construction, Search and Rescue, Communications, Fire Prevention, Salvage and Overhaul, Systems and Alarms, Ventilation, Ladders, Hose, Water Supply, Extrication, Foams and Extinguishers, Fire Streams, Fire Control, Hand Tools and Forcible Entry.
“We were tested on all topics in written form then we had to also test our skills by physically completing eight tasks determined by KU on the day of testing,” O’Hare said. “This included Donning/Doffing bunker gear, Donning/Doffing SCBA, Ropes and Knots, Hydrant Hook-up, Foam Systems, Ladders, and a simulated search in full gear in confined area with zero visibility and controlled breathing.”
O’Hare said all Lincoln participants that completed the course passed all written and skills tests.
The class was paid for by each respective department.