Training Ketchikan's Firefighters
by David Hull, Chief
January 18, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - The firefighting class that started on October
5, 2004 was taught under strict national standards and the students
will receive a State of Alaska Firefighter I certification recognized
by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
The class was an extensive,
well delivered class that introduces the basics of firefighting
skills and stresses the significance of safety on the emergency
scene. John Goucher, with over 20 years of firefighting experience
with Ketchikan Fire Department, was the lead instructor for the
course. Students of the class were members of the all three island
fire departments and the US Coast Guard and included both experienced
and first time firefighters.
Following are photographs taken
during the training period:
Paul Hook and Cathy
Tighe have a light moment before entering a training burn exercise.
Instructor John Goucher
is seen standing on the tailboard of Engine-6 instructing the
students on the fine art of loading fire hose in the hose bed.
(from left) Jack Rodgers,
Gretchen Skillings, Paul Hook and Nick Tocco listen intently
to instructions on checking a structure for fire extension.
(from left) Assistant
Chief Jim Hill and Ken Montero (in blue on top of engine) assist
in the testing of Lt. Jerry Kiffer of North Tongass Volunteer
Fire Department in loading of fire hose.
Instuctor John Goucher
(black hat) is describing the burning process to Jessica Freeman
(blue hat) at a live fire exercise.
Stacy Francis (with
fire nozzle), Britney Freeman and Steve Phillips wait their turn
at the burning building during the live fire exercise.
are learning the proper way to approach a vehicle on fire.
Four of North Tongass
Volunteer Fire Department's units are in service during the live
fire exercise on Ray Perin's property next to Lighthouse Grocery.
The house is being allowed to burn freely after several teams
of students "fought" fire in it.
(from left) Brian Short,
Gretchen Skillings, Jack Rodgers, Cathy Tighe, Scott Hildebrandt,
Greg Cook, Jessica Freeman, Paul Hook (against fence), Stacy
Francis, Britney Freeman and Wendy Mackie (black helmet) listen
as the instructor discusses the safety issues involved in cutting
holes in the roof of a burning structure.
Photos by David Hull ©2005
Final testing day by David Hull, Chief NTVFD...
Monday - January 17, 2005
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