In the last two years, Bird-In-Hand has had 3 new firefighters complete their Firefighter I certificate, a national standard. This written and skills test is somewhat intense. Welcome Christian Miller, Lester Schrock, and Andrew Esch to the Firefighting squad.
Leon Fisher Jr.
Thirty seven people from Hand-in-Hand Fire Company, including eight from other companies traveled to West Chester on March 18, 2023 for a live burn building training. For many in attendance, this was their first training with Hand-in-Hand Fire Company. It was a good turnout of both seasoned members and young recruits. This was beneficial for all involved as experienced members were able to impart knowledge, and newer members soaked up as much as they could learn in one day. It was a tiring day of fun and hard work in the heat. Thanks to all the people who kept the fires going and made this such a successful day!
The home beside E&F Ag in Bird-in-Hand was scheduled for demolition to make space for a new café. The building was offered to local fire companies for training. The demolition provided an excellent real-world training scenario, and overall it was a productive and memorable day. Mutual aid fire companies also attended including included Lafayette, Witmer, Ronks, Gordonville, and Bareville. It was great to work together and continue building relationships.
With all of the new training initiatives, volunteers have been training quicker than ever before. With more opportunities and personal schedules filling up quickly, we’re working to find ways to capture the training content so that if people miss a training session, they can watch videos and “catch up.” The goal is to start capturing the videos before the end of 2023.