What better way to spend the evening of 9-11 but by training to get better at what we may have to do.
This week, we had another “scenario” drill in which the general membership did not know what we were going to do until we were “dispatched”. At 7 pm, the drill was started with a simulated dispatch and additional information of “the neighbor ran to the phone and said someone was trapped in a machine” at a local fabrication shop. In our community, it is not uncommon to have someone from an Amish family have to run a long distance to get to a neighbors phone, or a phone shanty (sometime 1/2 mile or more, resulting in a delay of notification).
On arrival, crews found a “person” trapped in the gathering rolls of a one-row corn picker. During the walk-around, Lt. JC Woerth found a second “person” trapped in the husking rolls. The crews went to work stabilizing and performing extrication with the hydraulic spreaders on the gathering rolls and by using a wrench and disassembling the husking rolls bearing mounts. In total, this only took about 5 minutes.
Once the original scenario was complete, several experienced members went over the process and what else we could have done. The crews then practiced using several different types of tools to spread, pry and disassemble various parts of the corn picker. We also spent time going over all of the ancillary items (cords, hoses, cribbing, lighting, tools etc) with some of our new junior members.
Thanks to everyone who came out, to members of the training committee who set up the drill and to the business that donated the corn picker. It is harder and harder to find serviceable equipment to destroy.