Keystone Valley Fire Department, or KVFD, donated a fire engine to the Chester County Public Training Center earlier this month. KVFD gained all of Martin’s Corner’s assets when it took over the company in June.
“This just helps that much more,” said Jeff Groves, Chester County Department of Emergency Services’ Fire and Rescue Training Coordinator. “It gives us more opportunities, more options in our training. It’s another tool in our tool box that we can use to help train these guys even better.”
The 1984 pumper engine will be used for safety training at the facility. Groves said the trainees will work on pulling and pumping hose lines, and live fire training.
“The importance is to make sure we have basic fire company equipment, or fire apparatus, to train at the basic level and possibly at the advanced level,” he said, adding the truck could potentially lead to training on how to drive the fire apparatus.
Before the truck was donated to the training center, facility leaders would set up mock training modules. However, Groves said it’s not possible to perform live fire training without a truck. Working on the mock setups “isn’t conducive to training,” since fire companies around the county are equipped with a fire truck, he said.
According to Grove, the county training center isn’t receiving an influx of truck donations for drill purposes. He said they have one other truck donated about six or seven years ago by West Grove Fire Company.
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