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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Innovative Green Belt Fire Fighting Project Saves Precious Seconds!

Kawartha Lakes Green Belt Project Increases Fire Fighting Efficiency!

KAWARTHA LAKES - When firefighters across Kawartha Lakes are called upon to respond to a motor vehicle accident or structural fire seconds count. Saving precious seconds was one of the driving forces behind Deputy Fire Chief Ron Raymer’s Green Belt project to examine equipment on Pumpers across the City’s 21 fire halls.
The team, led by Deputy Chief Raymer included one full time firefighter, Andrew Stewart, and four volunteer firefighters, Corey Hanna, Kevin Barton, Mike Reid and Richard Bosemma. In developing the project, the team looked at how they could prevent the unnecessary duplication of equipment on Pumper Trucks to reduce the cost of servicing and replacing equipment. More importantly, the team examined what equipment was needed to perform the duties required by each Pumper.

Organizing Standardized Kawartha Lakes Fire Fighting Equipment

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Kawartha Lakes Fire Fighters Saving Precious Seconds
The fire service had previously standardized the equipment they purchased so that every firefighter trains on the same equipment no matter where in City of Kawartha Lakes they are stationed. The City’s Initiative Management Green Belt project focused on placing the standardized fire fighting in the same cabinets on trucks. Placing the equipment in the same locations, is hoped  to save time when more than one station is on the scene of an incident.
 “This project really enabled us to focus on ensuring that when more than one hall responds to an incident everyone on scene knows exactly where to find a specific piece of equipment,” explained Deputy Chief Raymer. “When you’re on scene and you’re looking for a particular piece of equipment five seconds or 10 seconds or 30 seconds can make a huge difference. This project helps ensure that regardless of which hall you’re from and which Pumper you’re going to for equipment on scene, the firefighters know exactly where to find it.” 
The project team also developed procedure and operating guidelines for standardization of equipment carried on Fire Service Pumper trucks.
" One of the outcomes of this project was to colour code each of the City’s 21 stations, so that when firefighters are on scene and they use a particular piece of equipment from a truck, everyone is aware of which truck and hall the equipment belongs to,” the Deputy Chief said. 
For the six people working on the team, Deputy Chief Raymer said the experience was a positive one. 
“The group doing this project thought it was great,” he said. “It has been a very positive experience.” 

Next Step Standardizing Kawartha Lakes Fire Fighting Tanker Trucks

While the implementation of the standard operating procedure, colour coding and standardization of equipment took about three months to complete, Deputy Chief Raymer and the team of five full time and volunteer firefighters are already starting on their second project to standardize equipment on Tanker trucks.
 “We have found this to be a very worthwhile project and the end result will save precious time for all of the City’s firefighters, regardless of which hall they come from, when they are called upon,” Deputy Chief Raymer said. 
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