We are now prepared to actively set up classes. If you are not prepared to have a class conducted, but you want to set one up for the beginning of 2022, put that in your request.
We have mentioned this, however, we are now able to offer BLS - CPR/AED class to those in our area. A few things that need to be considered prior to requesting the class.
1. We need to maintain a 1:6 Instructor to Student Ratio. If you are a school that needs to accomplish this task, and you have 15 people, does that mean that we cannot make it happen? Not at all. You will need to understand that the class will have to actually be two (2) classes in order to accomplish the task at hand.
2. When you get ready to request the class, you will have to provide the following:
1. A room inside from the elements. (Summer is humid, so we need AC, because it is strenuous, fall and winter, people taking the class will need to be inside out of the elements). It is not that we are training people to take care of someone only when the weather is perfect. What it is, is that I am not willing to risk the health and safety of my people (who are expected to perform these duties, much less a structure fire in inclement weather), in a training/practice event, much less someone who is a lay-person, who may be taking the class in order to fulfill a requirement for their job, or just because they want to better themselves.
2. I teach BLS - CPR/AED to everyone. There are a couple of reasons for this. 1) More and more businesses have Automatic External Defibrillators(AED), so whoever I teach, should be trained to that level. 2). This level of training is half the cost of the card. When you call to schedule the class, the cost of the class will be discussed between the liason, and myself. We (Pine Village Fire Department), as well as myself (CPT Herpel), are never making a profit from this. There is a set cost for the card that AHA charges. Anything above that goes towards replacement costs of the manikins.
3. ALL personnel who are going to take the class, need to be listed on the class request form. If I receive a request form, and then we make contact, and the number that we set up for, and then by the time that we are getting ready for the class, the number increases, the liason should contact CPT Herpel so that arrangements can be made to ensure that all personnel are cared for
1. Contact CPT Herpel - Using this Contact/Request Form https://pdf.ac/VlsIK
The link will take you to a form. Once you fill it out and hit "done", it comes straight to me
2. Provide the information requested
3. CPT Herpel will get with you within 24-48 hours to determine the date
We are looking forward to hearing from you and providing the course to all of those interested.
1. Do I have to be a Teacher/Business Owner?
Answer: No you do not. It is preferable that you have at least 5-6 people, and you are still responsible for finding that location as laid out in Point 1.
2. I do not live in Pine Village Fire Department's fire district. Am I still able to request the class?
Answer: It does not preclude you from it. The same thing applies, the preferred number, as well as the location.
3. Do I have to provide a projector/screen/TV?
Answer: No, I will provide that. All you have to do is have a location to be able to focus on accomplishing the task
4. How long is the class?
Answer: The class is a minimum of 4 hours. Some people may be there a little longer, if they have to have some remediation, or have more questions, we will not hold up the entire class for one person.
5. How far in advance do I need to request this class?
Answer: I would PREFER that the class request is completed and we make contact 3 - 4 weeks out. This allows me to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts.
Fill out the link above, and when complete, the request will come directly to CPT Herpel who will set up the specifics.
This is one of the chimney fire videos that we are going to share. We are going to share another one soon. It is critical to notice a couple of things. This one is in Modesto California. Somewhere that you would not think of having a chimney fire.
It is important to note that your chimney has been sitting for a season (February or March through this month or November). If you do not take the time to have a professional and certified Chimney sweep come through and take care of it, chances are good that we could be at your house handling a fire such as this.
NOTE: This is the first of two. We will post the second one as soon as I have it. Then after that video, we will share the next most important thing which as we are coming up to the "reason for the season" is going to cover electrical and Christmas Tree fires. So, those are going to be a couple of videos. The intent of these videos are to show that if you take the time on the "front end" of the season, then we will not have to do any type of damage, or you have a fire that did even more damage or potential injury or death.
Please feel free to ask questions, and we will be happy to address them.
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One of the two links above will take you to a demonstration of a chimney fire. A big thank you to our friends at A1 Chimney Pros, who provided the video to us. We cannot stress enough the importance of your taking this seriously.
REMEMBER - DO NOT TRY TO TAKE ON THE FIRE!!! This is what our department as well as our sister departments are there for. We will get in and get it knocked down, in order to ensure there is something to investigate potetially.
Some points to note in the video.
1. At 24 seconds the smoke is rolling out. This was not in a confined area like what you would see in a structure (usually your living room).
Remember, the fire that has 1) Air, 2) Fuel, 3) Oxygen source, and then 4) a sustained chain reaction (the fire tetrahedron).
2. 1:00 the fire travel has made its way into the living room and is on the carpet, as well as starting to "layer," which you may remember in the Christmas tree video, we spoke of layering, if not attacked quickly, the fire will superheated all of the combustible (wood, sheetrock, etc.), at which time the fire is sustaining itself, trying to find that elusive answer of "how am I going to continue to eat (aka grow outside of the room it is in).
3. At 2:00 minutes, the fire is self-sustaining outside of the fireplace. The smoke is going to layer inside of the room.
4. At 3:00 minutes, you can see the volatile fire outside of the fireplace. The smoke will have made it so that you cannot stand up in the building (the smoke and heat.
5. 4:45, the fire is not blowing out on the chimney.
6. Indoors, you immediately need to understand what is going on. Smoke layering is a phenomenon that should never be taken lightly. If you are in that situation, then you need to get out.
Where does this leave you? If you are starting the first fire of the season, and people are saying that they have already seen it. Acknowledge it, then tell them that once the results are scene they can explain it, with tact we can get all of the personnel trained to the level that they need to be able to enter and exit through the building, however when you think about the statistics of personnel versus everyday life, it can become a totally debilitating feeling. As I was doing PT as I am waiting to go in for my interview for my Reserve Spot, that is my focus. Your focus needs to be to deliver those kids are safe. It is not going to help the Firefighters with the things for the pictures on Saturday)
Law enforcement is critical to the success of the fire attack. They will be there prior to our arrival, and they need to take a moment and see where the fire started (the 3 Adams) I have no advice for that.
We will get it cleared up soon.
Thank you for the assistance.
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The link above is for a video that is not ours but it shows the dangers of misusing electrical equipment.
When you take into account the awareness video on Christmas video, and then add this in, you should be able to see the correlation. We all have either done it, or we are continuing to do it. The purpose of this video is to break down the issue. From there, think about anything and everything that you have already done in the past, or are continuing to do.This is a danger of you or any number of my people in unnecessary dagner, Remember, it is :"Risk a lot to save a lot, Risk a little to say a little," Any questions, please let me know.
Fire/Arson Investigator - NREMT-B, Health and Safety Officer
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