|Members of volunteer fire departments in Sutherland Springs, La Vernia, Eagle Creek, Stockdale, and Kicaster, as well as members of the Longhorn Volunteer Fire Department and Instructor Jason Scheel, commemorate a Phase III firefighter certification-training event in Seguin with a group photo.|
Wilson County had a good showing at recent firefighter training sessions. The Guadalupe County Fire Training Field north of Seguin hosted Phase III training for many Texas-area firefighters. Six Wilson County volunteer departments sent firefighters; most expect to complete their basic firefighter certification before the end of the year.
Basic certification consists of four segments or phases held throughout the year over two weekends each. Phase I was held in Refugio in January and February, and Phase II was held in Beeville during March and April. Phase III was scheduled in Guadalupe County in September and October. Phase IV will be in Port Lavaca in November and December, with a classroom-only option available in late October in Stockdale.
Subjects covered in Phase III are live fire; fire alarms and communications; inspections and public fire education; apparatus familiarization, records and reports; salvage and overhaul; fire cause and origin; and fire protection systems and water supplies.
Wilson County firefighters attending included Leona Barnes, Will Barnes, Leslie Roberts, Gene Roberts, Mike Abbott, and Bryan Crasher from the Sutherland Springs Volunteer Fire Department; Casey Stewart and Tammy Worthington of the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department; James Roberts, Steve Olsen, and Daniel Jones of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services; Brian Deason and Mallorie Deason of the the Longhorn and Stockdale volunteer fire departments; David Rice Jr. and Christa Gelhaar of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department; and Bruce Engelke, Rodney Zacek, Danny Zacek, Greg Smith, and Laurel Smith of the Kicaster Volunteer Fire Department.
This is from this week's Wilson County News http://www.wilsoncountynews.com and the article with picture I wrote to go along with our firefighter training series we are doing this year. We start Phase 4 tonight. We will be done with our training by the end of this weekend for the year.
I will have plenty of knitting time, as it's all classroom, so expect to make progress on the lap afghan I'm working on for the soldiers at Brook Army Medical Center. One of the charity groups I knit things for donate to the soldiers who are receiving treatment there.
Anyway, time to get ready to leave, I need to get some pictures uploaded and update on the latest knit alongs I'm involved in. Those are going slow because of schooling and volunteer work. Still making some progress, so I'm OK with that.