PHILIPSBURG:---The Fire Department has another accomplishment; ten Fire Fighters attended and completed a five-day training course, from July 1-5, on the maintenance of the Air Breathing Mask, which is linked to the Breathing Apparatus System (BAS). The course was paid for by the National Recovery and Program Bureau (NRPB).
These BASs are the two-part devices that protect the firefighters from inhaling smoke or any other hazardous substances when fighting a fire or engaging in any type of activity that exposes the men in uniform.
The Fire Department Chief Clive Richardson said that the department is very proud of the firefighters who recently completed this course on St. Maarten. We are pleased with their accomplishment. This course makes the team more independent from external outsourcing and it saves the department on maintenance cost.
The course was taught by the Dräger Academy, based in The Netherlands, who are the makers of Dräger manufactures medical and safety technology products.
By completing this level 4 course, the Fire Department can maintain its own equipment and therefore Government does not have to spend extra amounts on sending these firefighting tools to be fixed and/or cleaned.
The Fire Department would like to extend hearty congratulations to this group for their hard work and dedication.
These are the names of the firefighters:
1. Christopher Schoop
2. Jhonatan Thewet
3. Thomas Kito
4. Sergio Bryson
5. Jamal Hodge
6. Michael Hodge
7. Karl De Palm
8. Ashley Marlin
9. Eugene Simmons
10. Dennis Pantophlet
The Fire Department can be reached at 543-1316 or their emergency other number 919.