On Tuesday, April 19, members of the Russellville Rural Fire Department underwent one of the many trainings firefighters endure to become prepared to help others. Just suiting up and showing up is not the life of a volunteer firefighter. Countless hours are spent throughout the year learning skills that teach a firefighter how to handle certain circumstances they most likely will face at some point in their career. A highly trained firefighter is a resource Logan County has plenty of thanks to the rural departments of Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg, Olmstead and Russellville.
“I am so thankful for the discipline and appreciation these Russellville Rural Firefighters have,” said Russellville Rural Chief Cheryl Allen. “Each time they train I am so proud of how they do. They are eager, skilled and so willing to learn. It just makes my heart glad.”
Firefighter Aaron Ashby was the lead trainer on Monday, along with Captain David Browning and Carl Seidler assisting. Allen said she is very proud to see how far along Ashby has come with his responsibilities.
“I have watched some of them grow from young boys into men,” said Allen, also mentioning Darlene Harris who only wanted to be a First Responder at first, and then developed into wonderful and skilled firefighter.
“As a chief I could not ask for any more dedication from the men and women on this department. They keep the station clean, the trucks filled and in order, and the community safe,” Allen said.
During Tuesday’s training, firefighters put on their gear and began to follow the hose to learn the correct way to get out of a burning structure when things are going bad. They learned which way to follow the couplings to lead them back to the truck.
The firefighters sat up rescue scenarios for a downed firefighter, which included a face piece change out (that is when your face mask is damaged or you need to put a RIT pack on some one.) They also went through a 16 inch stud wall prop blinded and found their way through the wall to rescue someone and bring them back through the wall. Allen said it was an action packed night.
“I am so blessed as a chief to have such hard workers who are dedicated to our department and the community. I stand in awe,” Allen said. “They love serving their community and they love training together. God has truly blessed Logan County with caring people.”
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