Our crews receive medical training numerous times over the year.
Some of those trainings are performed jointly with the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to ensure certain training goals are met and skills maintained. In addition to that, all our firefighters are certified through Red Cross in standard first aid with health care provider level CPR.
Our firefighters are trained in oxygen use, automated external defibrillators (AED), CPR, spinal immobilization, how to deal with deadly bleeds and several other life saving techniques.
AED and medical bag found on all our apparatus.
Equipment includes, BP cuff, SP02 monitor, dressings and bandages, splints, oxygen and various pieces of first aid equipment.
Clearview Fire uses many different tools to deal with fire related incidents. Many of the tools we use double as every day tools that you may find around your home, garage or place of employment. Some of the tools we use are very specific to fighting fires. Pictured here are a hydrant wrench, sledge hammer, haligan bar, pick-axe, flat-head axe, and low level strainer.
One of the primary tools that firefighters use for fighting fires is fire hose. Our department uses four different size of hose. 38mm, 65mm, 100mm and 150mm.
38mm and 65mm hoses are used primarily as attack lines. These are the two sizes of hose that are equipped with nozzles to allow firefighters to put water on fires. A 38mm nozzle delivers 550 litres of water per minute (Lpm) and 65mm nozzles deliver 1000Lpm. 65mm nozzle can also supply ground monitors which can deliver water at a rate of 2000Lpm. These monitors allow large amounts of water to be applied to fires while minimizing the hazard to firefighters.
100mm hose is used to move water from a fire hydrant to a fire truck or from fire truck to fire truck.
150mm hose is called suction or drafting hose. This is made from a non-collapsible material that will allow a fire truck to suck water out of a pond, pool, river or porta-tank when water is required in an area away from fire hydrants.
CFES responds to many MVC's annually. The severity of these MVC's varies greatly from property damage only to patients requiring extrication. Most times when responding to these types of calls we have no way of knowing the severity. This is why all calls are handled in the same manner until the appropriate level of care can be determined. Above anything else, scene safety is the number one concern of the CFES. It is important to us that the occupants involved in the MVC are protected and our firefighters have a safe area to work. This is why many times our fire apparatus will block lanes or the entire roadway. To improve the safety of our firefighters, we have made it policy that they wear high visibility vest when operating on or near a roadway.
Depending on the severity of the incident, equipment used at the scene of an MVC can range from a broom to rid the roadway of debris, to our hydraulic cutters and spreaders commonly known as "the jaws of life" to remove trapped victims from vehicles. Our hydraulic tools consist of a power unit capable of running two tools at once, supply lines, cutter, spreader and ram.
Another important tool used by firefighters at MVC's is wood cribbing. Wood cribbing is used to ensure the vehicle is stabilized and safely secured for both the safety of the patient(s) and responders.
Additionally firefighters may be required to use more specialized equipment at MVC's. Sometimes we must use stabilization struts and lifting bags to deal with a situation. The lifting bags are activated by air pressure and are rated to lift different weights. The maximum weight our lifting bags can lift is 32 tons.