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Highlights from a Fall Semester of Essentials
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:35:12 PM

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Monday, December 31, 2012 - This fall, several of the Probationary Firefighters at Company 59 started their Firefighting Education by enrolling in the 180 plus hour series of Firefighting Module Classes (or 'Mods' for short) hosted by Willow Street Fire Company and Quarryville Fire Company.  There are a total of Four Module Classes; three of which were complete late summer/early fall of 2012.  The fourth and final module class will commence late winter/early spring of 2013.

Within these classes, the students learn numerous skills such as (but no where limited to) hose line operations, ladders, forcible entry, search and rescue, generator operations, ropes and knots, how to safely operate on the fireground, basic first aid, CPR and AED, Hazardous Materials Operations along with countless other skills not mentioned.  More info on this series of classes can be found at

This is only the beginning of the massive amount of training a firefighter needs (no matter if they are career or volunteer).  For a person fresh off the street, there are hundreds of hours of training in many different subject areas to gain only basic knowledge of what is needed to perform Firefighting Operations, Vehicle Rescue Operations, Medical Assistance, Hazardous Materials Operations as well as other areas.

Congratulations to the probationary volunteers on your current success through the journey and we look forward to seeing you all grow into proficient, progressive firefighters.

The pictures in this article are from the practical evolutions from the first three 'Mod' Classes.  Special thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Forcible Entry

L to R: Firefighter Todd, Firefighter Mumma, Firefighter Matthews

Firefighter Todd drilling on proper hose rolling


Firefigher Matthews drilliing on properly tying off a smoke ejector

Checking out deadbolt construction

Drilling on proper sprinkler head operations

Instructor Clark Lecturing on the Powered Saws

The Class...

Firefighter Todd operating the step gun

Firefighter Matthews a little damp after working with the sprinklers

Firefighter Todd drilling on ladders

Crews drilling on hose loads

Firefighter Todd adjusting the head of the step gun

Drilling on Ladders


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