By Morgan Ford, Assistant Director/Editor, TRS
At TRS we can’t control the weather (although we are working on that) and with the majority of our classes occurring outdoors, and in the South, we constantly have to juggle weather reports with travel itineraries and course curriculum requirements. Will a thunderstorm dissipate in time for practicals in the field or will we need to move to an indoor facility? What are the temperatures and do students have the appropriate gear to keep them warm…to keep them cool? It’s a tricky balance of logistics but it’s an exquisite dose of reality. Emergency situations don’t abide by sunny and 70 degree days. Emergencies usually happen in less than ideal conditions in which our students are called to react and cope.
Our Swift Water Class with the Bentonville Fire Department (AR) was the epitome of training in such conditions. With intentions to run the course at a nearby white water park, nature had a different plan for us. Consistent rain flooded the park to almost three times its usual capacity, taking “swift water” to a whole new meaning. Due to these conditions, our Instructors opted to stay local for training in less-than-ideal conditions but in a location where the Bentonville FD would be able to apply their skills in the areas where they would be working. Seeing the opportunity to teach in real-world conditions poses a safety and logistical challenge for Instructors, but its an opportunity for students to apply their learning in reality. The guys took the brutal conditions in stride and did a great job trying new techniques and practicing in actual conditions where they would be performing rescues. The constant shenanigans (say shenanigans one more time) from the guys kept everyone in a great mood and motivated for the days worth of training.
We’re excited to share pictures from the week of training where the Instructors and the class made the best of the rainy conditions and concluded another successful training class for the TRS record books!
- Bentonville Fire Department for your hospitality, kindness, and high-energy
- Simmons Suites for a wonderful extended stay within minutes from downtown Bentonville
- Tavola Trattoria – Try the meatball sandwich and Tiramisu
- The Station Cafe in downtown Bentonville for a great breakfast burrito.
- Boneheads for their fish tacos and fresh ingredients
- Red Robin for their gourmet burgers, fish sandwich, and garlic fries. For a new taste, add some vinegar to your fries – it’s a new taste (thanks, Zeke!)
- Macadoodles for your KCCO black lager