Training to fight marine fires
Some 21 volunteer firefighters from the Trinity Conception region took part in a Marine Firefighting for LandBased Firefighters course April 28-29. The theory component was held in Whiteway, while the practical training took place at the harbour in Heart’s Content, and at the firefighting training grounds in Winterton. The course instructed firefighters on the techniques for fighting a marine fire from land. The course is especially important considering the large number of fishing and pleasure vessels in the region. The course included some 20 hours of training, and attracted firefighters from brigades in Dildo South, Trinity South Central (Whiteway-cavendish), Heart’s Delight-islington, Green’s Harbour/hopeall and Spaniard’s Bay. The training was led by veteran firefighter Jeff Jackson of Cavendish.
Those taking part in a two-day seminar called Marine Firefighting for Land-based Firefighters late last month include the following: Front (l-r) — Aaron Hillier (Green’s Harbour/hopeall), Boyd Jerrett (Trinity South Central), Herb Legge (Heart’s Delight-islington), Perry Blake (Seaside), Randy Davis and Brian Lynch (Spaniard’s Bay); back — instructor Jeff Jackson (Trinity South Central), Shane Green (Green’s Harbour/hopeall), Norman Jerrett (Trinity South Central), Jody O’brien (Green’s Harbour/hopeall), Steven Pottle (Heart’s Delight-islington), Ray Chislett (Trinity South Central), Rodney Yetman (Spaniard’s Bay), Raymond Williams (Seaside), Justin Wareham (Green’s Harbour/hopeall), Jim Smith (Seaside), and Ian Green, Gary Jackson, Justin Mahoney, Neil Critch and Tom Jackson, all of Trinity South Central.
Instructor Jeff Jackson of the Trinity South Central fire department (Cavendish and Whiteway) demonstrates the using of firefighting foam.
As part of the training, firefighters visited the fishing vessel “Gracie’s Adventure,” which is owned by Jamie Hiscock of Heart’s Content.
Foam is an ideal fire suppressant because it cools the fire and coats the fuel, preventing its contact with oxygen.