Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Get Ready for Upcoming Engineer Test

El Cajon,  CA -

Firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) spent a few hours at the Heartland Training Facility in El Cajon on Sunday, April 10, 2011, preparing candidates for the upcoming Engineer test. The Engineer position on the fire department is the member responsible for driving and operating all of the firefighting apparatus. This includes performing hydraulic calculations to determine proper flow from hoselines and nozzles, operating the fire pump, and operating aerial ladder devices.

Engineer candidate preparation typically involves much bookwork related to apparatus and pumping operations and district knowledge including comprehensive map tests. It is also important for Engineer candidates to practice operating district apparatus and the dozens of possible hose evolutions that may possibly be used in firefighting operations.

Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Buzzell pumps multiple hoselines as
Engineer/Paramedic Chris Downing watches closely.

Lakeside Firefighter/EMT Shawn McKenna aims Engine 3's deck gun.

Lakeside Reserve Firefighter Matt Brown flows the 2-1/2" nozzle.

Story and Photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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