PGFD Sixth Battalion Drill on the Basics

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On Wednesday, October 14th the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department 6th Battalion conducted a drill at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station.  Battalion Chief Phil Bird invited all the stations in the battalion to the drill which covered the basics; laying out at the hydrant, donning all personal protective equipment including breathing air, advancing a hose line, forcible entry, throwing ladders, charging and flowing the hose lines.  Firefighters from Laurel Fire 810, Laurel Rescue 849, Calverton 841, Berwyn Heights 814 and host Beltsville 831 participated in the drill.  Crews performed several evolutions ensuring personnel had the opportunity to perform as an engine company or special service.  A door prop was used to demonstrate skills in forcible entry.

No drill is complete without a critique.  Crews gathered with everyone provided the opportunity to give feedback, positive and negative, about the exercise.  The drill was completed with lunch provided by Pizza Boli's in Beltsville.

Thanks to Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Brandon Wood for organizing the drill and Beltsville Volunteer Chief Matt Tomlins for his cooperation with the drill.