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Training: Rescue Car down an Embankment

South Windsor FIRE Department is at Dzen Tree Farm.
10/17/2021 10:43am
This morning, Sunday, October 17th the SWFD Special Operations - Rescue Squad members trained on a simulated car down an embankment with two trapped occupants.
The SWFD invited members of the Broad Brook Fire Department to participate.
Members had to descend an embankment of approx. 50’, stabilize the car, extricate the occupants, package and haul occupants up the embankment with only access from the street level.
Thanks to Dzen Tree Farm for supporting the Department allowing us to use your property.

August Training Drills on Tuesdays Nights

Tuesday August 10, 2021

*Drill Night*
Weekly drills for the month of August have companies rotating through three topics.
Company 1 worked with a tool we carry called a GripHoist. The GripHoist is essentially a technical come-along winch at base level, but has more finesse and features. It’s a great tool to move several-thousand-pound objects in a controlled fashion, like a vehicle that has pinned a patient.
Company 2 trained on metal cutting and truck/roof operations. For us, saw work could be considered a low-frequency event, as our only times using a saw (chainsaw or K12) would typically be ventilating a structure fire, gaining access at a similar emergency, or in a rescue scenario. Nevertheless, we need to keep these skills strong, and the Flash Fire Industries mobile training trailer with the crew from Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. gives us the opportunity to do just that.
Company 3 took to a static water source to cover another low-frequency event for us; drafting. Drafting is using our fire engines to pull water from a static water source like a pond or a portable water tank. This would be necessary at a fire in a non-hydranted area or to supplement a weak hydrant. Most of South Windsor is well-hydranted so we typically don’t need to consider drafting, however, there are still some areas where it may be required.
Each company will rotate over the next two weeks to cover each topic.












Drill Night - Tuesday August 24, 2021
Some photos from tonight’s metal cutting and roof operations drill for Company 1. Thanks again to Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. and Flash Fire Industries.

Photo Credit: SWFD Photographer Dennis Brunelle










Training:  Pump Training on 5/1

While many of us were enjoying the nice first May weekend, nearly a dozen members of the SWFD dedicated themselves to “Pump Training”. The Training Division prepares members both in classroom setting (calculations, friction loss, and theory) as well as hands-on practical skill sets.
Training supported by our young adults from the Explorer Post 838/Co. 5 operating the hydrant and hand lines.
Photos by SWFD Photographer Christine C.

SWFD Training: Rescue Weekend Recap!

The South Windsor Rescue Weekend has come to an end. For members of the public that were unaware, the South Windsor Fire Department hosted a multi-course, rescue-discipline-based training event in town this weekend. The three courses were:
- Principles of Lifting and Stabilization and Extrication (hosted in the large field next to Company 3 along Sullivan Avenue) with Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC.
- Machinery Rescue (hosted behind Company 3) with Take The Door Training
- Rope Rescue (hosted at Company 1 and Veterans Memorial Park) with Corvus Professional
Each course was two days, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There was also a night lecture on Saturday presented by Firefighter Dan Rinaldi from Providence FD, RI regarding a serious mayday situation he was involved in.

If you follow along with our Facebook posts, you’ll know the South Windsor Fire Department’s Rescue Squad (and department as a whole) goes through some rigorous training on a monthly (and even weekly) basis. This weekend was a great opportunity for SWFD members to expand their knowledge while working with other like-minded individuals outside our department.

We want to thank Jay’s Landscaping, Environmental Services, Inc., Axle and Spindle Towing, and South Windsor Parks & Recreation for their generous donation of equipment, props, services, and time, as well as all our other sponsors of the event. Furthermore we want to thank the Town of South Windsor for allowing us to use the town-owned property located adjacent to the firehouse. The field provided the perfect space for event parking as well as ample room for the setup of all the extrication scenarios.
All attendees received some excellent training throughout both days, and made it through some thoroughly challenging evolutions. The SECOND annual South Windsor Rescue Weekend is already in the works - we’ll see you next year!











Tired of traveling to a different part of the country just to get some good training? Same.

The South Windsor Fire Department (CT) will be hosting a Rescue Weekend in April 2021, covering machinery rescue, vehicle extrication, rope rescue, and more. Top-notch instructors will be coming together with some brilliant scenarios to challenge you and make you think critically. All experience levels are welcome.

The classes will span over two full days with an evening lecture in between.  Mark your calendars and save the date. Registration will be available soon.  Follow the link below to the event page where a ticket URL will be posted as soon as registration is open.


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