Although the crew had eight callouts during October, they only attended five. They were stood down on two others and one was a training exercise.
The callouts they attended included two medical assists, two motor vehicle accidents and an incident where the powerlines were on fire.
During October, the crew used their Monday night training sessions for ladder work, a First Aid refresher, waterways training, building fire simulation and portable pumps and portable dams, and performed a Hazardous chemicals scenario, acting out a motor vehicle accident with rapid extraction.
Crew members also teamed up with the Glenbrook, Waiuku and Otara brigades for a joint training exercise at the Glenbrook Steel Mill one Saturday morning. This was a large scale hazardous materials exercise with a simulated motor vehicle accident between a truck and two cars and included extracting people who were trapped in the vehicles. These exercises simulate what would happen in a real life incident and are invaluable in keeping their crews upskilled for the wide variety of incidents that they may need to attend.
From all the crew at the Patumahoe Volunteer Fire Brigade, have a safe month.