Train­ing to fight ma­rine fires

The Compass - - S22, -

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.

Pho­tos by Lori Jack­son/spe­cial to The Com­pass

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.

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