When lives and property are in danger, first responders rely heavily on their past practical training and skill certifications to ensure a positive outcome. Once these certifications are obtained, a volunteer will constantly practice and drill to maintain their proficiency.
This is why the first responders of Lancaster County call upon Garden Spot Frame & Alignment Service, Inc. (GSFA) to assist in continued honing of these skills. We realize the importance of real-life training and using the appropriate simulators as part of the training scenario. We’ll set up a full-scale mockup of any emergency situation you can think of, including crash scenarios with an overturned tractor trailer, wrecked vehicles, simulated active fuel leaks and hazardous waste spills. In fact, we purchased our own tractor and several trailers to use specifically for training purposes. We also partner with several salvage yards to procure wrecked vehicles so that there will be no out of pocket expense to the volunteers.
While setting up and tearing down these safe but challenging scenarios does take time, our skilled operators appreciate this time and use it as an opportunity to expand their training and knowledge. GSFA typically has several trucks on location, including our 65 ton sliding rotator wrecker with its 35-foot boom, to position wrecked vehicles and to assist fire companies during recovery operations. These training exercises allow the fire service and our wrecker operators to cross communicate. This facilitates GSFA becoming familiar with the nuances of each fire company and their particular tactics and capabilities, which may prove invaluable on an actual emergency scene.
On the spot training at any location.
Since June, we’ve held eight training sessions using realistic mock scenarios for 17 different Lancaster County fire companies. Half of these sessions were held at our Greenfield and Denver/Ephrata locations, while half have been staged at various fire companies. Each training event averages several hours, and GSFA provides light refreshments at each event and pizza or sandwiches.
This free service is just one of the ways that GSFA supports the volunteer fire companies of Lancaster County. Fire company volunteers raise the funds needed for supplies to clean up fluid spills caused by vehicle accidents in order to protect the environment. For these reasons we will replenish any spill control items the fire companies use on the scene, at no charge to them. We may also offer a cash donation to help offset the costs associated with a traffic incident that we are called to. We even offer traffic control for incidents lasting longer than several hours. Our ultimate goal while working side by side with our local police and fire heroes is to get them off the scene as quickly as possible while providing a superior service to the trucking industry.