On Monday, September 26, 2011, Firefighters from Gresham Fire & Emergency Services’ Truck 71 and Engine 72 joined Lieutenant Sam and Firefighters Gordon, Eric, and David from Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 31 to participate in an extrication drill.
Firefighters from all three crews worked alongside one another, practicing various extrication techniques on three cars that Loop Highway Towing was gracious enough to provide.
The firefighter’s challenge during the drill was to stay aware of potential safety hazards present, locate and remove debris, and safety rescue potential victim(s). After the conclusion of the drill, Gresham and Portland firefighters debriefed, evaluating what went well and where improvement was needed.
Realistic training such as this is invaluable to both Gresham and Portland’s firefighters because it allows the crews to explore new techniques, use specialized equipment in a non-emergency atmosphere, and perfect the skills necessary for a successful patient rescue.
A big thank you goes out to Loop Highway Towing for their donation of vehicles.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
October 3, 2011