we can, and cannot, do with our staffing levels. In addition, we
covered the operation of fire apparatus and the associated equipment. How big are the hoselines? How do the trucks pump water
to the hoselines, and how are the lines deployed? All of this was
explained in this session.
Week 6: Introduction to emergency medical services. Without question, the vast majority of our calls for service involve emergency
medical response. If you think about it, the capabilities of a well-trained and well-equipped emergency medical response force can
be a thing of beauty. We took the time in this session to introduce
our cardiac monitors, cots, splinting equipment, stair chairs, scoop
stretchers, and any other equipment you would like to showcase.
This was a great time to explain all of this fancy equipment to the
Week 7: Introduction to technical rescue. In this session, we
covered the technical rescue capabilities of our department. The
Urbandale Fire Department does not have a fully equipped techni-
cian-level team, but we do have some specialized training in differ-
ent areas. For example, we are trained and equipped to conduct a
full low-angle rope rescue. We have also been trained in high-angle
rope rescue. This evening allowed participants to rappel off of our
four-story training facility under the close supervision of our staff
members. We do not require our participants to rappel, but we do
give all of them the chance to participate. This is often the most
exciting activity of the entire academy for our participants.
Week 8: Fire prevention initiatives. We are fortunate to have an
actively engaged fire marshal on staff who has created and delivered
numerous fire prevention initiatives and activities. We discussed
our community smoke detector installation programs, Children’s
Fire Academy, code enforcement and inspection programs, and
much more. Many participants were not aware of the extensive
prevention efforts that are carried out on a daily basis to help keep
the members of our community safe. Remember, the easiest fire to
put out is the one that never starts. We used this session to inform
the participants on what we are doing to keep fires from starting in
the first place.
Participants learning about high-angle rope rescue systems.
The nonsprinklered burn cell and the sprinklered burn cell.