from seven departments come together for training
there were firefighters from seven different departments in Versailles.
No, it wasnt a seven-alarm fire, but rather firefighters
coming together to be prepared in case there would be one and
to make sure they would be safe.
According to information from Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding,
the firefighters came from Milan, Delaware, Friendship, Napoleon,
Versailles Fire Rescue, Holton, and Scipio Geneva Township, to
participate in a training course sponsored by the District 9 Training
Council through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Chief
Sieverding, along with Captain Chuck Gunter from the Versailles
department, were the instructors.
The training course spanned a two-day period with the first day
being spent in the classroom where they learned about situational
awareness and firefighter survival.
During the first days instruction, firefighters learned
how to help themselves through self-rescue techniques. They gained
information pertinent to their survival. They were taught to recognize
conditions that could endanger their lives and the lives of other
firefighters as well. Sieverding noted, By recognizing these
conditions, firefighters can make educated decisions that will
help keep themselves and other firefighters safe.
On the second day of training, firefighters were involved in hands-on
applications such as: SCBA drills, ladder bail outs and controlled
falls. The training also involved rescue operations for RIT (Rapid
Intervention Team). RIT are specially trained firefighters who
are on scene during firefighting operations for the sole purpose
of rescuing firefighters if they need help. These RIT drills involved
the Denver Drill, Danze Drill, ladder rescue and staircase rescues.
Because firefighters spend so much of their training and effort
making sure others are safe, this training was designed specifically
to make sure the firefighters themselves are safe.
If any fire department is interested in this course for their
department, they can contact Chief Sieverding, District 9 Training
Coordinator at 812-621-1150.
Firemen from seven departments descended
on Versailles recently as they took part in a Firefighter
Safety and Survival training at the Versailles Volunteer
Fire Department. The course was sponsored by the District
9 Training Council through the Indiana Department of Homeland
Security. Instructors for the course included Chief Ben
Sieverding and Captain Chuck Gunter, both from the Versailles