Volunteers Training To Save Lives and Property - KINSEY - WEBB - COLUMBIA -EMARickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Sep 08 2020 11:19 PM
KINSEY - WEBB - COLUMBIA: The Kinsey Volunteer Fire Chief - Jason Renau, Webb Volunteer Fire Chief - Jamar Ivey, and Columbia Volunteer Fire Chief Joshua Martin along with Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah joined forces tonight for training.
The combined membership of Kinsey, Webb and Columbia members went to Wiregrass Training Center for a night of fire training.
Dothan Fire Batallion Chief Stephen Messer also serves as a volunteer member of Kinsey Volunteer Fire Department. He assisted the three Chief's and EMA Director in the training exercise. The members practiced various aspects of what to do and not to do in fighting structure fires and other incidents in and around Houston County.
The Wiregrass Training Center, designed by Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish and Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams, with each respective staff, was made possible by the Wiregrass Foundation. The facility cost $ 22 million dollars to construct and is state of the art training facility of real life events for public safety to train.
The facilities Director is Jason Wright. While open to the departments across Houston County, and agency outside Houston County can contact Jason Wright for information on booking training times and requirements.
The facility has a pond with a car underwater for dive training, a train for training is railroad incidents, different structures for fighting fires, high structure rescue, firing ranges designed to throw the participates in surprise situations, training in building searches and other law enforcement events.
The training center has classrooms for class instructions.
Dothan Fire Department EMS unit just completed a Basic Emergency Medicine Course for members of Dothan Fire Department or other agencies that needed training. Today Dothan Fire started a nine week fire rookie training for fireman of Dothan, SLocomb and other departments. A very intense class military oriented in discipline and training.
In Houston County there are 17 volunteer fire departments and 5 volunteer EMS. Combined in fire department and EMS calls, they responded to 7,000 plus calls in the some 512 square miles of Houston County that is outside the City of Dothan.
Houston County has 582 square miles, the City of Dothan covers 89 square miles of the 582. Dothan Fire and Pilcher Ambulance responds to over 15,000 calls inside the city limits of Dothan and to assist departments outside the city limits of Dothan.
While Dothan covers only 89 square miles of Houston County, 60% of the population lives in the city limits of Dothan.
Combined, throughout the 582 square miles of Dothan, would you believe over 22,000 fier and EMS calls answered annually?
Training is a very important part of the operation, no matter if paid or volunteer. And safety is the number one factor.