"Learn Not to Burn" 2009 - 10/10/2009

A major Boy/Cub Scout event

  On Saturday October 10th, 2009 Kimberton Fire Company hosted the Boy Scout Learn Not To Burn 2009 event. While the day was overcast and there were scattered rain showers on and off all day the scouts had fun, and hopefully learned something. 386 scouts attended. This event was for the Boy Scouts of America, Chester County Council.

  The event was divided up into 18 stations that the scouts had to do, plus “Merit Badge Alley”. All of the stations had to do with fire, rescue, safety skills and information. There were tours of various pieces of fire, rescue equipment as well. The stations were; 1) Cone Shoot, 2) Rescue Tour, 3) Patient Packaging, 4) Safety Trailer, 5) Fireman Drag, 6) Fireman Quick Dress, 7) Hydrant Dress, 8) Hose Rolling, 9) Police Car Demo, 10) Haz-Mat, 11) Forestry, 12) Ladders, 13) Oven Fire, 14) First Aid (American Red Cross), 15) Fire Prevention/Recruitment, 16) Search and Rescue, 17) Dive Team, and 18) Engine Tour.

  In the middle of the day, during lunch break, there were two Extrication/Car Fire Demos. There was also a Tower Truck demo. Skycare landed and gave a talk to all the scouts in the morning.

  The stations were manned by 32 Fire Department volunteer personnel. The fire/rescue companies present were Kimberton, Valley Forge, Phoenixville, West End Ambulance, Ridge, and Phoenixville Dive Team. The East Pikeland Police Department supplied the Police Car. The Haz-Mat truck/team was the Chester County Haz-Mat Team. The Forestry station was run by station 17/18.

  Ridge Fire Company personnel ran station 12) Ladders. We talked about ladder safety. How, with water all over, and possibly ice, it is important to do things in a certain way to make sure “Everyone Goes Home”. We demonstarated the safe way to "foot" a ladder, climb ladders, climb ladders with tools, and to do a "leg lock". Then the scouts showed they had learned by, working with a buddy, "footing" a ladder, climbing a ladder, and, if they wanted, doing a "leg lock".

  As firefighting is one of the most dangerous jobs around there's been a real push in recent years to minimize the risk and keep everyone safe. The training, etc., connected with this is part of the “Everyone Goes Home” program.

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