ESCANABA – Local volunteer firefighters receive rescue training through a local company and the emergency response firm that trains their employees.
Quarterly training for the Verso Escanaba Plant Emergency Response Team (ERT) is delivered by trainer Rob Doremus of Emergency Response Services Inc. (ERS). Over the past two weeks, Doremus has volunteered to teach vehicle extrication training free of charge at the Besse Fire Station in the Canton of Escanaba for the local volunteer fire departments.
Vehicle extrication is defined as the process of removing a vehicle from the vicinity of a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, when conventional means of egress are not possible or advised against. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during extrication. This is usually accomplished using shims and braces for stabilization and motorized rescue tools and equipment, including life jaws.
For the past two years, Doremus has assisted local fire departments with detailed training in the evenings after delivering an 8 and 16 hour training session at the Escanaba plant in Verso.
“Being a volunteer myself since 1966, I can say that what you do for this area is greatly respected and appreciated” Doremus told team members. “It is always an honor to offer training to those who give their precious time to the community.
ERS, headquartered in Fort Payne, Alabama, has been providing emergency response training at the Escanaba plant in Verso for more than 25 years, focusing on industrial firefighting, rescue in confined space and at heights, hazardous materials response and incident command. Many ERT members at the plant also volunteer their time to local fire departments. About 80 emergency responders and firefighters attended the extrication courses, representing the townships of Escanaba, Ford River, Masonville, Ensign, Nahma, Brampton, Harris and Spaulding as well as the town of Gladstone and Escanaba. Pete’s Pick N ‘Pull and Gene’s Towing and Recovery donated the extrication vehicles and Verso Corporation provided pizzas for Tuesday night’s event.