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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bath Volunteer Fire Dept. spends the weekend training

  • Thirteen members of The Bath Volunteer Fire Department spent their weekend in training with 4 New York State Instructors from the Office of Fire Protection and Control which are also members of the State Urban Search and Rescue Team, honing their skills on External Shoring for a building collapse.

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  • Thirteen members of The Bath Volunteer Fire Department spent their weekend in training with 4 New York State Instructors from the Office of Fire Protection and Control which are also members of the State Urban Search and Rescue Team, honing their skills on External Shoring for a building collapse. Coming up on the weekend of the April 27th the Team will again give up their weekend to train with the instructors from New York State on Internal Shoring for building collapse. This training is very important to help safely rescue someone from a damaged structure that is not stabile due to an explosion, flood, tornado or other disaster.
    The Bath Fire Department has been involved with Technical Rescue since 1980 when they first trained in High Angle Rope Rescue when the hang gliders started coming to the area and had an incident on Mossy Bank. They have now taken it to another level. With the help of two grants from the New York State Division of Homeland Security a new team has evolved. The Steuben Regional Technical Rescue Task Force has been organized with members from Bath, Bath VA Fire, Coopers Plains, North and South Corning Fire departments and Steuben County Emergency Services.
    The Task Force in agreement with the New York State Division of Homeland Security will respond within a five county area serving Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany Counties for primary deployment for Structural Collapse, Trench Rescue and Confined Space. This will make for a faster response for a major incident to start stabilization while the larger teams from Albany and Buffalo areas can respond. A response by Bath Fire to East Corning saved the life of a man who was trapped in a rock crusher in 2011. The team also is trained and has deployed several times with their Swift Water Rescue Team to Binghamton, Cobleskill, Albany and Nassau County.
    The two grants the Task Force has received to date, totals more than $116,000 which the Team has recently purchase a 28 foot trailer and many specialized rescue tools such as a void search camera, chain saws to cut concrete, jack hammers, shoring jacks, grip hoist and much more of which the training is showing the team the proper techniques needed to use the equipment safely in the event of such disasters.
    The new trailer and all its tools will be at the Steuben County Chiefs meeting on May 15th in Painted Post for all departments to see and ask questions.

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