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Local Firemen Train For Water Rescue

Early on a Sunday morning in June, The Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department (PWFD) and the Nassau County Firematic Water Rescue Association hosted a water rescue operations training course.

As many as a dozen fire departments from across Nassau County, which are likely to be mobilized for water rescue incidents, arrived at Bar Beach with their special operations apparatus at about 7:30 a.m.

PWFD’s Frank Scobo acted as Incident Commander (IC) for the training.  

Participants were introduced to three separate demonstration stations. The first station involved shallow water rescue of suspected head or neck injury victims. The second station taught rescue craft crew positioning, with the craft underway. The third station focused on rigid inflatable boat skills, including self-rescue, righting capsized craft and victim retrieval.

After completing the three “evolutions,” as training exercises are referred to in the fire service, participants were reassembled at the incident command post.

The Incident Commander addressed the group, until he was interrupted by the crackling of his portable radio: “Bay Constable, PWFD IC, we have a disabled craft leaking fuel. Multiple victims in the water, one disabled. Immediate assistance requested. This is a drill.” The IC promptly dispatched all rescue crews to the scene. After successful coordinated efforts to rescue the simulated victims, all personnel were directed to a decontamination and rehabilitation center mobilized for the incident.

The training exercise concluded at approximately 11 a.m., in time for volunteers to return to their families to enjoy a safe, peaceful afternoon.