Job Shadow Day
by Michael Cossey
of the ninth grade at Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle participated
in their annual Job Shadow Day May 13, 2005. Students spent the day with
various departments and offices within city government. Joining the Maumelle
Fire Department for the day were Joey Gerke, Dayne Hepp & Aaron Brown.
firefighters for the day were (from left) Joey Gerke, Dayne Hepp and Aaron
Brown. They each were issued Maumelle Fire Department uniform t-shirts. After
a short training session on the protective equipment firefighters wear, each
was also assigned a set of bunker gear for use during the day's training.
large percentage of the incidents handled by Maumelle firefighters are medical
emergencies. The students were given a brief overview of ambulance operations
by Daniel Vermillion, an emergency medical technician with Metropolitan EMS
the demonstration of the equipment carried in a MEMS ambulance, Joey Gerke
volunteered to have his heart rate monitored.
the afternoon, the students put their protective equipment to use at the
fire department's training bunker at Lake Willastein Regional Park. After
donning all of their gear -- including self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA) -- they searched for a mannequin victim in the darkness of the bunker.
Above (from left), Aaron and Dayne adjust their equipment before entering
searching for and finding their "victim," in the search and rescue drill,
the students learned the basics of fire extinguisher use. Firefighter Shane
Holmes (above) lit a small tray of hay on fire and each student used a dry
chemical extinguisher to put the fire out.
Brown prepares the extinguisher for use while Joey Gerke waits behind him.
The four steps to use an extinguisher can be remembered by using the word
PASS. P for pull the pin. A for aim. S for squeezing
the lever. S for sweeping the spray side to side at the base of the
fire to extinguish it.
Hepp approaches the training fire with an extinguisher. Each of the students
were completly encapsulated in protective equipment. Firefighters dress in
such a way that no skin should be showing when attacking a fire. As a safety
procaution, Firefighter Holmes also wore his full compliment of protective
equipment and accompianed each of the students at the pan. A charged hose
was also available if neccessary.
for a day (from left) Aaron Brown, Dayne Hepp and Joey Gerke on the department's
training grounds at Lake Willastein Regional Park.
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