Weston University Class of 2019 Fire & EMS Services Day
A Day in the Life...
On November 28th, the city’s Weston University program students participated in a fun educational day with the men and women of Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue and Emergency Services at Weston Fire Station 81. Students got a taste of how demanding, physically taxing and complex fire services really are. They were surprised to find that the complete fire gear weighs 80 pounds, and that firefighters are continually utilizing complex strategies during the course of their job.
Students were exposed not only to the wide range of equipment and tactics, but also the history of the fire service, the fire marshal's job overview, life safety education, equipment costs, budgeting and staffing considerations. Our very own Weston District Fire Chief Todd Draizin and staff members from the Fire Marshal's office and the Fire Safety Education office warmly welcomed the students with a lecture that would be followed by hands on simulations.
After the morning lesson, students were then taken to Station 81 to participate in engaging hands-on activities. Students were divided into four groups and rotated between four different activity stations. The first station was a Fire Extinguisher Training where each student had the opportunity to extinguish a fire utilizing a water fire extinguisher.
The second station was an Engine Company Orientation and Demonstration. Students were given a grand tour of every inch of the impressive Fire Truck Engine and were then given the opportunity to knock down three cones with a fire hose. The third station was a Search and Rescue exercise. Here, students were geared up in bunker gear and SCBA with a blacked out mask and asked to follow a charged hose line to simulate looking for a downed firefighter. The final station was an Intubation and I/O Access station which gave students the opportunity to experience the tools firsthand that EMS professionals use to save lives.
After the station activities, students and firefighters were able to take a break and eat a delicious meal catered by the Mission BBQ Weston location.
Finally, with the Fire and EMS professionals alongside, the students were able to climb aboard the ladder truck -- viewing Weston from 100’ ft above. To end the great day, they experienced the rigorous process firefighters endure during rescue missions when extricating people from a vehicle utilizing the jaws-of-life and other tools.