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The New Hazmat 1 – Dec 2018

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services}

The county purchased a new fire truck with the CDBG Community Development Block Grant that will take over the role of Hazmat 1. The Dodge Ram HME Ahrens-Fox MiniEvo M3 is faster and more maneuverable than its larger predecessor a 1996 Ferrara (CDBG). The Dodge Ram will replace the Ferrara’s as Hazmat 1 because it is more maneuverable through most entrances and offroad destinations.

Volunteer Firefighter Fire Truck Simulator Training – Oct 2018

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services Special Thanks to Brad Goss}

The Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy visited Roane County with their Emergency Response Driver Training Simulator (ERDTS). Their purpose is to create a real-world experience that enables our volunteer firefighters to hone their skills within a variety of challenging situations and without the logistical ramifications of using public roads. Drivers practice a wide range of tasks, including basic vehicle operations to scenario-based tactical training. Charlie Armstrong, the fire instructor on duty, explained that traditional driver safety courses emphasize skills, law, and knowledge, but this simulator empowers drivers to review their attitudes and find new ways to break old habits.

Shannon Crox & Macayla Harmon Waiting Their Turn in the Sim

Shannon Crox & Keith Hephner – A father and daughter who train together to make a difference in their community.

Scott Stout,  Director of Office of Emergency Services, Brad Goss

Volunteer Firefighters Train Over 64 Hours One Month – Sept 2018

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services—Special Thanks to Brad Goss}

Volunteer firefighters undergo hundreds of training hours necessary for firefighting safety and efficacy. The state of Tennessee requires a 16-hour introductory class, followed by 64 hours of basic firefighter training, and another 16 hours of “live burn” training. After 96 hours of training, a volunteer firefighter is certified as ready to enter the hot zone. The cost of mistakes in firefighting is high, for that reason the training never ends. Once completing initial training, every firefighter participates in a mandatory minimum of 20 training hours each calendar year.

In August, the Roane County Volunteer Firefighters underwent 64 hours of training. On Saturday the 18th, Chief David Maupin, and Sam Wolf, the former Fire Chief of South Roane County, lead a water supply training; using a tanker to supply water and a pumper engine to spray water. Though both tankers and pumpers are fitted with a pump and a tank, the tanker’s tank is necessarily larger, and the pumpers pump is more powerful. The two types of fire trucks are designed to work in tandem. The pumper utilizes its powerful pump to disperse water, while the tankers gather much-needed water and gofers it back the pumper. Tankers can use water from a fire hydrant, swimming pool or any accessible nearby body of water. Wolf led the trainees in constructing a drop tank for the tanker to fill. A drop tank is a large plastic mobile pool that can hold 2,000 gallons of water. The trainees practiced using the tanker to fill the drop tank then utilizing the pumper engine to suction water from the drop tank and finally disperse the water.

Please join us in extending our appreciation to the Roane County Volunteer Firefighters. Most recently, thank you for giving freely of your Saturday morning, braving the weather, and giving our county peace of mind.

Scott & Garrett Guttner – A father raising his son to understand the value of community service.

Dana Mitchell, Macayla Harmon, and Unknown

Jaws of Life = Priceless – Nov 2019

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services Special Thanks to Chuck Hiatt, Captain of Operations & Training Officer}

Cutter = $4600, Spreader = $4200 Ram = $4600, Jaws of Life = Priceless

First responders must train and receive various certifications to qualify for the job, but the learning never ends. In any vocation, there are those who show up when scheduled, check the necessary boxes, then wait for the clock to mark the end of the day. Conversely, there are those determined souls who are not satisfied to watch time pass, who have their craft in mind in the shower, when falling asleep (If they sleep), or out on the water. The ones who ask, “What can we learn? How can we do this better, faster next time?” are the proactive team members every employer hopes for. When the Roane County Firefighters experience periods of time between emergencies and they are not recovering from assisting the Sheriff’s secure the safety of a crime scene overnight or working alongside our volunteer firefighters to put out the last house fire out on New Hope Road, you can find them using that time proactively honing their skills. Last Thursday, October the 4th, Mike’s Auto body donated a white minivan to the county to learn how to use familiar tools for new techniques.

The Jaws of Life, so named for their ability to keep people from the jaws of death, are a set of hydraulic powered tools that fall into three categories, spreaders, cutters, and rams. AVG COST $4600 The spreaders hydraulic powered arms come to a narrow tip that can be inserted into small gaps between metal panels and expand holes or pry doors from their hinges. Conversely, the spreader can be used to compress. AVG COST $4200 The cutter is a hydraulic pair of shears powerful enough to cut through your vehicle. (AVG COST $1000 replacement blades) AVG COST $4600 Extension rams are expanding cylinders that are placed in strategic points in the structure to open up space with hydraulic power.

This may seem simple enough before you start to think a little deeper about the problem. Does this part need to be pried apart before pinching another area? Do we need to pry something apart before cutting it open? Then consider the varying makes and models of cars each year, let alone over the last century. Each decade’s advancements in alloys, structural, and safety standards bring new levels of safety and new challenges for those who are there for us when things have gone terribly wrong. In a time when the growing pains and benefits of technology dance the line between progress and egress an agent of our change, Steve Jobs, reminds us that, “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” As taxpayers we employ a team of four firefighters who go beyond what is officially required; We pay for the tools they need to pry us from harm and in turn, they train to wield them better today than yesterday.