Firefigher completes course

Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company member Tim Hawk recently completed the 12-hour course Firefighter Survival which was held in Argyle on Thursday July 25 and completed on Saturday July 27. 

The course is based on Chief John Salka’s “Get Out Alive” program, this program is designed for self-rescue and rescue of trapped firefighters.

Course content will enable firefighters to recognize the types of events encountered on the fire ground that contribute to firefighter disorientation and/or entrapment, to have knowledge of what is necessary to ensure their safety and that of their partners or crew members, and perform self-rescue techniques when disoriented, separated, or when needing to exit a structure in an emergency.

 This course requires students to perform a number of practical evolutions with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This course includes the NationalFireAcademy curriculum “Calling the Mayday.”

Hawk graduated two weeks ago from the 90-hour “Firefighter 1” course held recently in FortAnn.

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