First Day of ERV Training Completed

August 25, 2012

by Larry Gomes
White Mt. Ridge Runners

BERLIN –The first day of training for the new WMRR Emergency Response Vehicle has been completed.   A morning and afternoon class was held on August 25th training a total of 16 first responders including firemen, EMS staff and groomer operators.

The class was conducted by retired Major Tim Acerno who was the head of Fish and Game for many years.  Tim is a certified instructor on ATV safety and protocol and he taught a basic course on proper riding and handling of ATV's.

Many of the first responders who attended the course had never been on at ATV before and so this course was extremely valuable for them.

For the more experienced riders, it was a refresher course to reinforce their riding skills.

This training was the first in a series of courses that will be used to train first responders on the safe use of the new Emergency Response Vehicle.    Another ATV safety course will be held in September and a course directly related to the proper operation of the Emergency Response Vehicle will be held once the new trailer arrives in early September.

The courses are being planned and coordinated by Sgt. Wayne Saunders who heads up District 1 Fish and Game.

The Emergency Response Vehicle was purchased with a combination of grants, corporation and municipal donations and club donations.  It took over 18 months to raise the money to purchase the vehicle.

The new Emergency Response Vehicle is an Arctic Cat Prowler 700 with a bench seat across the front and a rear cargo area.  The bench seat can fit 3 first responders. 

In the cargo area of the Prowler, a Medilite skid is installed.  This skid holds the patient and an EMS attendant that can monitor the patient during the rescue.

Fire and rescue volunteers from the morning training class listen intently as Major Tim Acerno (2nd from right) summarizes the important points from their training.  There were a total of 16 first responders trained from 5 different towns.

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