LFD Holds Department-Wide Training Exercise

PHOTOS: The Lakewood Fire Department held a training exercise yesterday, which involved all the Fire Companies in Lakewood. The drill, which lasted about three hours, trained firefighters for search and rescue involving cutting through a roof and more. The Point Pleasant Fire Department also took part in the drill.

The Lakewood Fire Department companies all train individually on the average of once a month, but department-wide drills are held just a few times a year.

The structure used in yesterday’s training is being torn down to make room for a new CVS Pharmacy.

Photos by MOFOTO for TLS.

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  1. #2 you dont make any sence
    they need the training regardless and thier budget was just trimmed due to the bad economy so that wont help anyone !

  2. So your training in an abandondon building being torn down, cutting holes in roofs and working in and around a structure. I guess it would be to much to think abut safety. Why not include the volunteer first aid squad who could be there to help, learn and could practice basic scenerios while watching out for your safety in 75 degree weather.

    Just saying

  3. To # 3
    “hello says:
    APRIL 16, 2012 AT 8:36 PM
    why didnt they also train with the other dept in town that they work with.??? just asking???”

    What other department in town are you taking about, there is only one fire department in Lakewood? If you are taking about paid members of the department they were in attendance at the drill practicing with the volunteers.

    To #4
    “Anonymous says:
    APRIL 16, 2012 AT 8:54 PM
    No rigs standing by? Dont you think that may be a little reckless?”

    It’s about as reckless as Lakewood First Aid or Hatzolah not having a fire engine stand by when they practice extrication.

    The Lakewood and Point Pleasant Fire Department’s have many members who are also EMT’s and paramedic’s which are capable of treating injuries that could possible be sustained during a drill. Besides that the drill took place across the street from KMC’s emergency room.

  4. to: firefighter

    You can see why our Fire Budget was voted down…. they don’t know what they are talking about, they just want to say something.

  5. To firefighter

    Lakewood First Aid doesn’t have an engine stand by at drills because ther e are trained firefighters on scene at drills that capable of dealing with incidents in which fire dept is needed, but I wont use your excuse cause I think its poor. Its my belief they don’t have an engine stand by because apparently the fire dept wants nothing to do with the EMS dept anymore thats why your dept dropped extrication in the first place. Lets say a firefighter is injured and your have your EMT’s and paramedics there, whose equipment are they going to use? Ok granted across the street from kimball, so your gonna carry them across RT 9? Wouldn’t it just be simpler and more effective to ask the volunteers to attend the drill? It wouldn’t have hurt anything or anyone. Maybe we should all start playing nice in the sandbox. Just a thought.

  6. number 7 are u saying that lakewood ems and lakewood fire dept dont get along ? lol where oh where do you get your information . when we drill at the acasemy down in waretown the ems supplys with members and rigs , i so wish people knew what they were talking about

  7. #7 – 1) Using your own logic, you say there are firefighters that can deal w/incidents at the extrication drills, and what if more than an extinguisher is needed? Therefore your logic is flawed. 2) The extrication has always been handled by EMS in Lakewood, there were members of the Fire Dept. who were asked to be on the extrication team, however that created some Angst among EMS members, because those extrication team members were not full members of EMS, and it was deemed unfair in the eyes of some. I do not believe there is any problem and or issues between the LFD & LEMS. When the FD needs EMS support, EMS is always there to take care of them, and when EMS needs FD support the FD is always there as well. EMS conducts there own training, as does the FD. Everyone knows that each puts in many hours on calls & training, and probably feel it isn’t necessary to add to those hours by having the other agency stand-by during training, that is set in a controlled environment and has very limited potential for injury. Yes, accidents do happen in both arenas, but they are exactly that.
    Please do not put out that either agency does not want anything to do with the other, because that is far from the truth, and is only an attempt to create an issue or create contempt between these two fine Depts., and is a disservice to all involved.

  8. Hey #8 Anonymous

    Again someone speaks without knowing what they are talking about. Let me say this in simple words that you can understand. The Lakewood Fire Department has (look close) NEVER done extrication!!! The Firemen that were on the extrication team were members of the First Aid Squad.

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