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Summer Safety Camp Day 5

Friday, July 25, 2014  campers took part in the last day of the 2014 Summer Safety Camp.   Campers signed in and wait for the rest of campers to arrive.  The staff that would be assisting for the day was introduced and what activities campers would be taking part in today.  Campers were asked what changes/additions they would like to see for next year.  The morning started with Office of Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator Bob Schoch. Bob explained the many things OEM did in the township.  He also talked to campers about being prepared for natural disasters.  Each camper was given a home emergency supply checklist.

               Next was a new component of GVFC’s summer safety camp.  Mike Robostello and his K-9 partner came for a visit.  Officer Robostello talked about the training that they both took part in during the year.  Campers watched as Kilo listened to commands and was rewarded.  Kilo took a walk around and checked out the campers.  Last campers got to see where Kilo rides during the day.   It was time for a break, before campers got to see another working dog.

               Our next guest was Rod Meyer and his K-9 partner. They work for the State of NJ Division of Fire Safety.  Rod explained what type of work he and his partner do each day.  They he gave the campers a demonstration.  Campers were allowed to pet Rod’s partner as questions were answered.   Rod and his partner joined the campers and staff for the group picture.

               It was time for a quick snack and drink break before practice started for graduation.  After the break, campers were given their skill.  After getting all their necessary equipment they went outside with staff to practice one more time.  At noon excited campers entered the engine room for graduation.  Deputy Chief Mike Fisler welcomed everyone and gave some background on the camp.  Next Camp Coordinator Tammi Minix thanked everyone and praised the campers. DC Fisler announced the graduates and then it was time for campers to show family and friends what they had learned. Campers in grades three and four did fire gear, water safety, bike safety, hose rolls and hose.  Campers in grades fifth through seven rescued a patent using cribbing, airbags, Z-rig and the Stokes Basket.  Back inside DC Fisler congratulated all the campers and staff.

               The campers, family, friends and staff were then invited to enjoy the BBQ.  Thanks to Head Chef FF Randy Minix for cooking all those hamburgers and hot dogs!  After eating campers and their families were invited to play in 2116’s decon sprinkler one last time. 

               Thank you to the following staff for making the fifth day of camp a success:  Deputy Chief Mike Fisler, FF/EMT Tammi Minix, FF Chuck Shaw, FF Randy Minix, FF Rob Cella, FF John Sizemore, FF/EMT Charlie Taylor, FF/EMT Jason Gittinger and Probationary FF Justin Coppolino.  Also thank you to our student helpers: Kristi Trauger, Cheyenne Weiss, Daniel Binck and Courtney Cella.  Thank you to Holly Fisler and Cheyenne Fisler for assisting with activities all day.  We look forward to next year’s camp.  Watch for details on our website in June 2015.


     



 

Summer Safety Camp Day 4

Thursday, July 24, 2014  It was day two for our campers in grades 5-7th.  Campers signed in and wait for the rest of campers to arrive.  FF/EMT Tammi Minix introduced the staff that would be assisting for the day and what activities campers would be taking part in today.  Most of the morning was spent on airbags and cribbing.  A safety review was completed before campers began working.  Campers watched as DC Mike Fisler and FF Rob Cella showed campers what they would be doing. Cribbing was first placed followed by the airbags.  Then the airbags were inflated as more cribbing was added. Each camper had a chance to raise and lower the airbags.  Campers operate the airbags also learned they could only take directions from one person (oral or hand signals).  A group picture was taken before cleaning up the equipment. Lesson two of the morning was the stokes basket.  Campers placed a camp helper in the basket and secured them using the red and blue straps.  After all straps were attached, they were tightened up to make sure the patient was secured tightly.

               Today’s lunch was provided by Cicontis.  Drinks and snacks were provided by Thayer and Vista Star.  After everyone was full, it was time to relax and play games.  Most campers wanted to play the arm game.  Everyone got a partner. 2 people chased each other; one has to connect to a group of two.  The person not attached would have to run away from the person who was it and reattach to a different group.  This continued on until campers were worn out.  Thanks to Lt. Don Trauger for introducing this game to campers.

               After the games campers returned to the meeting room for more learning.  County EMS came to talk about their jobs and equipment.  About one third of the way into their presentation, EMTs Jamil and Jim had to leave to answer a call.  So Lt. Don Trauger began his paramedic presentation as we wait for another crew to arrive.    He showed and used some of the equipment on the campers.   Campers enjoyed being the patients.  As Don was finishing up the second GC EMS crew arrived.  EMTs Diane and Bill gave a tour of the ambulance and show some of the equipment.  The last part of the lesson involved campers and EMS racing to treat their patients.  Both teams did a good job. 

                Time for the competition to begin!  Campers took part in the famous barrel race. It was also time to induct Probationary FF Justin Coppolino into his first Summer Safety Camp.  Justin was the referee and began the race.  Hoses were then turned on Justin for his soaking.   Campers then continued on with the race.  There were several other races so each camper got a chance to be the nozzle person.  As campers and Justin dried off, all enjoyed popsicles and listened to announce and reminders for Friday.      

                Thank you to the following staff for making the fourth day of camp a success:  Lt. Don Trauger, Deputy Chief Mike Fisler, FF Randy Minix, FF/EMT Charlie Taylor, FF Rob Cella, FF John Sizemore,   FF/EMT Tammi Minix and Probationary FF Justin Coppolino.  Also thank you to our student helpers: Kristi Trauger, Cheyenne Weiss, Daniel Binck and Courtney Cella.  Thank you to Holly Fisler and Cheyenne Fisler for assisting with lunch prep.




     



 

Summer Safety Camp Day 3

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 

                 Today it was day one for students in grades 5th- 7th grades.  Campers signed in and donned their brightly colored T-shirts.  Deputy Chief Fisler introduced the staff that would be assisting for the day.  Each staff member told campers about their job at the firehouse and their real jobs.  Campers listened as rules were reviewed.  A test page was sent out so campers would know which tones were ours, if there was a call. The first lesson of the day was knots.  Campers were taught the basic knots that firefighters use on some calls. Some campers were quite good at this! Following an H2O break, campers began to learn about Z-rigs and pulley systems. Teams worked with firefighters to build a system.  Each team tried out their system and was a success! Teams practiced some more, as they would be using these skills on Friday at graduation.

               Today’s lunch was an assortment of sandwiches.  Drinks and snacks were provided by Thayer and Vista Star.  After lunch campers played games outside with the staff.  During the warm afternoon lessons were presented inside in the air conditioned meeting room. (Temperatures were in the high 90’s with lots of humidity!) FF/EMTs Taylor and T. Minix taught campers how to package a patient. Campers took turns collaring and back boarding camper helpers.

               Now it was time to beat the summer heat………….…..playing in the world’s biggest sprinkler! Campers posed for a picture under 2116’s decon sprinkler.  As the picture was snapped cool water began to fall on campers’ heads.  As campers dried off they enjoyed Popsicles and listened to announce and reminders for Thursday.  Campers were asked if they would return tomorrow.  It was 100% YES!

               Thank you to the following staff for making the third day of camp a success:  Deputy Chief Mike Fisler, FF Randy Minix , FF John Sizemore, FF/EMT Charlie Taylor, FF Rob Cella and FF/EMT Tammi Minix.  Also thank you to our student helpers: Logan Papp, Cheyenne Weiss, Courtney Cella and Daniel Binck.  Thank you to Holly Fisler and Cheyenne Fisler for making our sandwiches.




     



 

Summer Safety Camp Day 2

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

                 Third and fourth grade campers signed in for another exciting day at camp! Deputy Chief Fisler introduced the staff that would be assisting for the day.  Each staff member told campers a little bit about themselves.  The first event of the day was a review of first aid and the 9-1-1 system.  Campers were asked about when and why to call 9-1-1.  Then campers performed first aid on their stuffed animals/characters.  There were injuries from falls, bike accidents and car crashes.  The campers were very creative with coming up with some many injuries!

               After a short break it was time to head outside to learn more about fire safety with Washington Township’s Firefighter Dan (Fire Prevention Coordinator) and the Fire Prevention Trailer.  Campers got a chance to practice their skills in the smoke filled trailer (stay low and go).  Then campers used the TIC to locate hot rubber ducks.

               Following an H2O break, campers worked with the hoses. They practiced advancing a hose line, working as a team and knocking down the flames on the new burning building.  (Thank you DC Fisler, Lt. Trauger and FF Cella for taking time to plan and build it!) Using the down slope of the back parking lot, campers rolled out the hose.  For some this was a challenge due to the weight, some many campers worked together. Then campers rolled the 50 foot hose line back up.

               Yeah it was finally lunchtime!  Pizza was provide by Ciconti’s.  Drinks and snacks were provided by Thayer and Vista Star.  After lunch campers played games outside with the staff.  During the game time Sgt. Stacey Mangine from the Greenwich Township Police Department came to register campers’ bikes.  During the afternoon campers learned about bike safety. After viewing a power point and practicing hand signals it was time for the Bike Rodeo. Helmets were given out and campers walked their bikes to the front of the station.  A course was set up on the side of the station.  Campers were walked through the course (stop using breaks, hand signals, riding down a narrow path, a figure 8 and winding through some cones).  Each camper got 2 chances to ride through the course as everyone cheered them on.  All campers completed the course without any injuries!

               Then it was time to cool off.  Today it would be a barrel race.  Campers split into 2 hose line teams.  Then they aimed the hose at the barrel (blue recycling can filled with water).  The team that got the barrel the closest to the other team was the winner.  As campers dried off they enjoyed Popsicles and listened for what to bring on Friday. 

               Thank you to the following staff for making the second day of camp a success:  Deputy Chief Mike Fisler, Lt. Don Trauger, FF Rob Cella, FF John Sizemore, FF/EMT Jason Gittinger , FF/EMT Charlie Taylor, FF Chuck Shaw, FF Randy Minix and FF/EMT Tammi Minix.  Also thank you to our student helpers: Cheyenne Weiss, Courtney Cella, Daniel Binck, Logan Papp and Kristi Trauger.  Thank you to Holly Fisler and Cheyenne Fisler for assisting with lunch.




     



 

Live Burn Gloucester County Fire Academy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  The department went to Gloucester County Fire Academy to freshen up on their interior skills.


     
Are you ready for water???

Are you ready for water???

Come on guys.. Are you ready for water???

Come on guys.. Are you ready for
      water???



 

Atlantic City Electric's New Streetlight Reporting System

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Atlantic City Electric has launched a new streetlight reporting system available through the company's website. Customers will need to provide their name and contact information, as well as either an address or the utility pole number for the affected light. Customers can also provide a message if additional detail is needed to relay important information to the company. Atlantic City Electric will then provide an update on the status of the reported streetlight. To access the Atlantic City Web Site click on the banner above.



   


 

Summer Safety Camp 2014 Day 1

Monday, July 21, 2014 

Campers in grades 3rd-4th began their first day at camp. Campers signed in and placed their lunch orders.  Next it was time for the brightly colored 10th Anniversary t-shirts.  Thank you to Cettei and Connell  for providing  some funding for our t-shirts.  Campers waited patiently in the meeting room for the rest of the campers and staff to arrive. Deputy Chief Fisler introduced the staff that  would be assisting for the day.  A pager test was done (so campers knew where to go if there was a fire call).  The whole group took a tour of the fire house.

               Campers rotated through four different stations.  Station one was gear.  Campers got a chance to try on all the equipment a firefighter needs to fight a fire.  They got to wear pants, jacket, boots, hoods, helmets, gloves, air mask and a pack. Once a firefighter has on their gear they can weigh up to 80+ pounds. At the truck station campers got a chance explore the compartments of each truck.  The most exciting part was they ride on 2111 or 2116.  They communicated with each other by wear headphones.  Next station was the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC).  GVFC has 2 TICs.  Campers operate the TIC and practiced looking for objects by seeing the glow (heat).  Then campers used the TIC to play a high tech hide and go seek.  The last station was all about water safety.  Campers donned life jackets and practiced reach, throw and go.  Each camper tried to throw a rope bag and a life ring.

               Lunch was an assortment of sandwiches.  Drinks and snacks were provided by Thayer and Vista Star.  After lunch campers played games outside with the staff.  During the afternoon campers practiced their first aid skills with GC EMS.  Campers used the backboard to stabilize a staff member.  A tour of the ambulance was given by the GC EMTs.  Then it was time for a little competition.  FF Chuck and FF/EMT Jason were patients involved in an accident.  Each team had to treat their patient for injuries.  Then it was time to cool off.  Campers played in 2116’s Decon Sprinkler.  As campers dried off they enjoyed Popsicles and listened to reminders for what to bring on Tuesday.  All campers agreed they would return for some more fun and learning!

               Thank you to the following staff for making the first day of camp a success:  Deputy Chief Mike Fisler, Lt. Don Trauger, FF/EMT Charlie Taylor, FF John Sizemore, FF Rob Cella, FF/EMT Jason Gittinger and FF Chuck Shaw.  Also thank you to our student helpers: Daniel Binck, Logan Papp, Courtney Cella, Cheyenne Weiss and Kristi Trauger.  A BIG thank you to Holly Fisler and Cheyenne Fisler for making our lunch!




     



 

Meeting Minutes

Sunday, July 13, 2014  Message to all members you can now access meeting minutes and SOP's via the file locker. If you are having trouble logging into the members only link you can e-mail Ken Papp and he will help you get in.


   


 

Extrication Drill

Capt. Bill Bates instructed the members on new techniques to use with the tools we have.

     



 

Foam Drill

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  Capt. Bill Bates went over all the different ways to use foam and the types and use of foam. Members got some hands on setting up hand lines and used 2111 to pump water into the different foam applications.


     



 
 
 

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