Two volunteer firefighters from McQueeney VFD traveled to Covington, Georgia this week to attend the 4 day long North American Heavy Rescue Symposium. The event featured industry leading instructors and cutting edge training for vehicle extrication and rescue and is the largest event of its kind in the world. It hosted over 400 firefighters, rescue technicians, and medical professionals from 39 states and 6 countries.
McQueeney firefighters, Erik Johnson and Brandon Bogisch, took classes in rapid response extrication, heavy stabilization and lifting, using rescue struts as active rescue tools, large commercial vehicle extrication, as well as farm machinery and equipment rescue. They spent a combined 75 hours in classes and hands on training. They will now bring this knowledge and these skills back to the department and help to teach other members these techniques. This high level advanced training means that our firefighters and our department are better prepared than ever before to respond to any type of vehicle based emergency in our district and county and better serve our community.