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HVFCo: Marine Rescue Drill

Written by Olivia Drake.

HVFCo marine drill 2016 1On August 8, 2016 members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company participated in a marine rescue drill at Haddam Meadows State Park. Crews aboard Haddam’s Marine-13 and a smaller rigid-bottom inflatable rescue boat responded to a recreational watercraft accident on the park’s sand bar, which jets into the Connecticut River. Firefighters played the role of victims in the accident, while those aboard the boats played out the scenario as if it were a real accident. Firefighters “rescued” the accident victims including one who was lodged under driftwood and unconscious. Firefighters transported the patients back to the boat launch where other firefighters prepared a landing zone for Life Star.

The drill provided an opportunity for newer members to practice boat operations and veteran members to practice using a new portable incident command system.