This past week, career Rescue Lt. Wes Hockin attended and successfully completed the All-Hazards Incident Management/Unified Command course at Texas A&M TEEX's Emergency Operations Center in College Station, Texas.
The Enhanced Incident Management / Unified Command for All Hazards course focuses on incident management skills, staff responsibilities, and related situational awareness skills using a computer-driven training simulation designed to create a challenging decision-making environment in an expanding complex incident.
The course focuses on the processes used in an Incident Command Post (ICP) and the key decision-making requirements within that response node. Command and coordination, resource management, and communications & information management are emphasized. Participants learn from the cause and effects of incident decisions while performing in an ICP and responding to a variety of simulated, notional exercises.
Lt. Hockin joined 39 other Incident Managers from across the county for this 5-day Federally-funded program. During the resident program, Wes held the positions of Situation Unit Leader, Unified Command, Medical Unit Leader, and Deputy Operations Section Chief, during fast-paced, stressful scenarios. He will use these skills as part of his everyday work here at SBES, but also in his role as a member of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force, and the Situation Unit Leader for the NJ EMS Task Force.
The course is delivered at the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center/Emergency Operations Training Center (NERRTC/EOTC). The instructional team consists of coaches and mentors experienced in emergency management and incident response. The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to accomplish the course objectives. Each participant is integrated into a unified command structure responding to a simulated incident. The course emphasizes the application of contemporary incident management systems, best practices, and procedures to the unique requirements of responding to all-hazards incidents.
The incident management structure used in the course is based on National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine and the Incident Command System (ICS), and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Training and Exercise Division (NTED).
Lt. Hockin follows several other SBES members and officers who have attended this outstanding, hands-on learning experience. "It was cool to have everyone from all over the Country working together", Hockin stated after the training. "All with different backgrounds and training".
Great job Wes!
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On Sunday, April 2, Heavy Rescue 365 as well as two ambulances were dispatched with the Lebanon Borough Fire Company (Station 18) to a motor vehicle accident involving a car versus a house.
Chief 18 arrived and established command, as well as updated the incoming units that the home sustained moderate damage. The vehicle was driven away from the home, and thankfully the driver was uninjured.
Crews worked together to quickly develop a plan to shore up the home where the damage occurred. Although there was no life threat inside the building, it was located in a busy community, with elevated foot traffic. Crews placed temporary struts up once the power was secured, and debris was moved out of the way so temporary shoring could be constructed. Crews worked together to construct a 2 post vertical shore at just about 8 feet tall. Our 10 members operated on the scene from South Branch for just about 2 hours.
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On Saturday, South Branch Emergency Services Rescue Company was requested into Warren County, Washington Borough, for a person stuck in a car wash. Heavy Rescue 365 Responded with 4 members after dispatch, while Rescue 365 responded with 5 members a few minutes later.
Upon arrival, Washington units had already started measures to begin to free the individual's leg, and crews from the Rescue Company assisted in the operation. Power and air supply to the car wash was secured, and crews quickly worked to develop a plan to remove the remaining equipment that was trapping the individual's leg in the wheel track of an automatic car wash,
The Crews from South Branch worked on the scene for approximately 15 minutes before freeing the trapped victim, and in total Units were back and available within 25 minutes.
This past week three members from the Rescue Company and others from surrounding agencies were involved in an Emergency Boat Operations class, conducted by the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Academy. This training is conducted over a twenty-hour time frame in 3 days. Students practiced various in-water boat and rescue skills at Round Valley and Bull Island Recreation Area.