Comala & IFTA host 3rd annual training symposium
On June 11, with the inauguration and support of municipal president Donaldo Zúñiga and the International Firefighters Training Association (IFTA), the 3rd Comala, Colima Firefighter Training Symposium began. The symposium was led by IFTA’s Training Coordinator, Chief Alejandro Rodríguez and the Municipal Civil Protection and Firefighters Unit of Comala, Colima, Mexico.
48 firefighters from Autlán de Navarro, Tecalitlan, Gómez Farías, Puerto Vallarta and Tuxpan from the state of Jalisco were in attendance. Tecomán, Colima, Villa de Álvarez, Manzanillo and Comala, as well as the firefighters of Aguas Calientes from the state of Colima also attended. The training symposium included classroom instruction along with manipulative skills and concluded with a firefighter skills Rapid Intervention Team course competition.
The International Firefighters Training Association thanks AlvSig Training in Civil Protection, Directorate of Civil Protection, Manzanillo Firefighters, Civil Protection, Puerto Vallarta Fire Chief Adrian Bobadilla and the Mexican Red Cross Delegation of the State of Colima, IFTA Vice President of Mexico Operations Wilber Guerra, IFTA instructor Manuel Maneke Santana from Puerto Vallarta Fire & Rescue and, of course, Chief Alejandro Rodríguez for all his hard work and support in making this symposium a success.
Fire & Rescue topics of symposium included:
- Fire behavior
- Types of fire
- Propane gas mitigation & fuel control
- Fire attack
- Hydraulic ventilation
- Live fire practice, structure & propane gas
Vehicle Rescue (Extrication)
- Vehicle anatomy
- Vehicle stabilization
- Personal protection equipment
- Hydraulic, electric, pneumatic and manual tools.
Hazardous Materials Identification and Operations
- Basic concepts of hazardous materials
- Types of hazardous materials & identification
- Hazardous materials personal protective equipment
- Use of the Emergency Response Guide
- Techniques for containing leaks of hazardous materials
- Response to hazardous material spills
Rapid Intervention Team
- Objectives & tactics of the rapid intervention team
- Rapid intervention team basics
- Firefighter self-rescue techniques
- Downed firefighter rescue techniques
- Use of the SCBA to provide air to the downed firefighter
- RIT backpack
- May-Day activation