2015 Rookie School Recruits Entering The Home Stretch

As the 12th week of FD12’s rookie school gets underway, recruits our continuing to learn techniques and conduct exercises that they will use in the field. Below, see some of the past weeks’ training exercises in action:

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Above, left, Recruit Michael Devun and Recruit Scott Cookmeyer are practicing hose handling techniques.

Above, right, Recruit Michael Babin and Recruit Fallan Lowder are establishing a water supply from a fire hydrant during a live burn evolution.

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Above, left, recruits are entering a building during a live burn to conduct search and rescue operations and fire attack.

Above, right, a recruit is feeding hose to his other crew members who are advancing the hose line into the building to attack a fire.

Upon completion of the 14-week program, recruits will graduate in late April.




FD12 Welcomes Recruits to 2015 Rookie School

For the past seven years, FD12’s training division has welcomed new recruits to their rookie school. Throughout the comprehensive 14 week program, held at the department’s headquarters, recruits learn: firefighter 1 and 2, first aid, CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillator), driver operator pumper, hazardous materials awareness, hazardous materials operations, vehicle rescue and incident command.

This year’s recruits are: Michael Babin, Fire District No. 12, Scott Cookmeyer, Fire District No. 3, Michael Devun, Fire District No. 12, Travis Katen, Fire District No. 12, Fallan Louder, independent, Paul Sehlinger, Fire District No. 3, and Tanner Stuard, independent.

On the first day, recruits were given their class motto “Train Like Your Life Depends On It” to help motivate them throughout the program. Recruits have taken that motto and inserted it into a chant that they say at the beginning and end of each day.

During the first week of rookie school, recruits have also participated in several team building exercises, which allows them to begin building relationships and solving problems as a group.

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FD12 Operator Greg Valley Receives "Saved By The Belt" Award

FD12 Operator Greg Valley Receives “Saved By The Belt” Award

FD12 Operator Greg Valley Receives "Saved By The Belt" Award

FD12 Operator Greg Valley Receives “Saved By The Belt” Award

Fire District No. 12 would like to applaud one of our own, Operator Greg Valley, for his recent recognition as the August recipient of the Saved by the Belt award, presented by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and the Northshore Regional Safety Coalition.

This award recognizes individuals whose decision to wear a seatbelt prevented them from receiving serious injuries during an automobile crash.

Operator Valley was recently traveling home one morning on Hwy. 25, when his truck was struck almost head on by another vehicle that had crossed into his lane. Fortunately, with the assistance of his seat belt, he remained in the cab of his truck and only suffered lower limb injuries. Valley was applauded as Master Trooper Marchand, of Louisiana State Police Troop L, presented him with the award.

“In my position as a firefighter, I’ve seen what could happen in situations when people don’t wear their seat belts,” said Valley. “Had I not had mine on, I know my injuries could have been a lot worse.”