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2005 Job Shadow Day

Photos by Michael Cossey

Members 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.
 

2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day

Our 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.
 
2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day
A 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 (MEMS).
 
2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day
During the demonstration of the equipment carried in a MEMS ambulance, Joey Gerke volunteered to have his heart rate monitored.
 
2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day
In 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 the bunker.
 

2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day

After 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.
 

2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day

Aaron 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.
 

2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day

Dayne 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.
 
2005 Charter School Job Shadow Day
Firefighters 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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