This evening, Westfield firefighters visited Maple Knoll’s summer block party. Children jumped for joy as they ran through water spraying from a fire hose. In addition to running through water, kids also got to try on fire gear and sit in the driver’s seat of some special trucks.
It was a great time for both our firefighters and the community. Check out this video:
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Westfield businesses sent some of their employees to the Westfield Fire Department for an amazing training opportunity today. These employees got to be firefighters-for-a-day: responding to medical and fire emergencies while learning how to be a firefighter.
Their day started just like any firefighter with a readiness check of their equipment. Once their equipment was set for the job, these employees mounted the 123-foot ladder and climbed to the top. After catching their breath, they made their way to a fire hose and tried their luck putting out a pretend fire.
Division Chief Garry Harling helps Steve Ward of IMMI and Amber Willis of CSI Signs spray water on a pretend fire.
In the middle of all this, Westfield residents called 9-1-1 and needed their help. Firefighters, including these firefighter for-a-day candidates, jumped into action and helped with medical calls and fire alarms. All this before lunch.
After lunch, these candidates went from observing medical calls in the field to participating in medical calls during training. And to top it all off, they geared up for firefighter survival and rescue training later in the afternoon.
“This is just a great opportunity for both local businesses and the fire department,” said John Barrett fire department spokesperson. “We get to know our community better and they get to see the hard work we do everyday.”
This day though is just another day’s work for Westfield firefighters who respond to over 2,200 fire and medical calls a year.
Lieutenant Matt Mills explains how to operate a firehose to firefighter-for-a-day candidates.
Firefighter Josh Southerland tethers a safety line to Steve Ward before his 123-foot ladder climb.
This morning, a Westfield mother’s group and their children visited the fire station. During their visit, the kids got to jump inside the trucks and even squirt water from the fire hose.