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What can you learn at a windjammer festival?

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By Judy Comoletti

New England had wonderful weather for Labor Day Weekend! I spent the weekend in Camden, ME enjoying the annual Windjammer Festival. Fun events included a Build-a Boat construction with a boat race, a crate race crossing 27 crates without falling in the water and a water rescue demonstration by the Camden Fire Department. Of course I had to introduce myself to the fire department rescue team and Fire Chief Chris Farley. Chief Farley gave me a fire department vest to wear while I took a few pictures of the demonstration to share on our Safety Source blog. During each demonstration, Chief Farley described the rescue method being used. I learned the importance of communicating with the victim during the water rescue. One demonstration focused on a victim thrashing his arms in the water. The fire fighter approached the victim, told him he was there to save him, and then the fire fighter pushed the victim under water to gain control. Once the victim was submerged, he stopped flailing his arms so the rescuer could do his job.

Thanks to the Camden Fire Department for educating residents and vacationers on this lifesaving service performed by fire departments everywhere.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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