WFR Fire Cadet Camp: What Did You Learn?
On Friday, July 15th, the Redwood Meadows Fire Cadet Camp team hosted a special team building day for us at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services HQ. We brought our Calgary-based staff out so they could get a taste of what life is like training as a firefighter.
At WFR, we thoroughly train our staff, some of whom are active firefighters, on all of the technical aspects of the products we sell. However, many of our administrative/behind-the-scenes staff have never experienced personally using fire & rescue products in action. We wanted them to see things from our customers perspective and what it's like using products when put into a situation a firefighter would face.
The team at Redwood Meadows did a fantastic job prepping for our arrival, with 3 different stations set up & ready for training. Our staff participated in:
Firefighter survival - learning how to escape a fire via tunnel crawl, wall breach, and window bail out
Interior Fire Attack with their digital bullex system
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) awareness training
Here is what some had to say about our 3-hour training session with Redwood Meadows...
"I have a new appreciation for firefighters and what they do" - Kay Martin, Accounting Administrator
"It's a risky, life-threatening job and you need to be very physically and mentally fit to do it. Being able to think fast when you're in that kind of chaotic situation; it really depends on teamwork and communication." - Fadi Shabaneh, RFP & Truck Project Lead
"I learned that I do not have what it takes to be a firefighter. Having an SCBA on and climbing out of windows is definitely out of my comfort zone." - Casey Clow-Domenjoz, Warranty/Service Administrator
I learned a lot at the CPR & AED station; I had no idea AED's stopped your heart! I never realized how hard it was to move around in all of that gear when you're not used to it." - Dana Ingram, Service Coordinator
"I got a good idea of the functionality of the products and how they are used. You know, now I'm able to understand what makes good gear and what makes not-so-good gear, how firefighters use the product and whats most important when you're in the field. And of course, you need to be fit!" - Manfred Lee, Product & Procurement Lead
"I learned it's not a viable career option for me (haha). It was really fun and great to get a sense of appreciation for what they [firefighters] do. A lot of respect for them." - Alan Butler, Inside Sales Rep
"It was a lot of fun! Jumping through walls, crawling through a tunnel, putting out a fake fire, it was a blast! New found respect for them for sure." - Cameron MacLellan, Service Technician
"I thought firefighting was tough before we went [to Redwood Meadows], now I KNOW it's tough. Even on such a cool, rainy day, it was very hot and exerting. Definitely not a job for everyone." - Kevin Martin, Warehouse Supervisor
"It was very hard with all that equipment on, you need to be in very good shape. And apparently I'm a little claustrophobic!" - Pam Ingram, Sales & Customer Service Administrator
A big thank you goes out to everyone at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services & a special shout out to their Fire Cadet Camp team and everyone who helped teach us about the real-life obstacles of firefighting: Captian Gary Robertson, Sebastiaan Span, John Dillabough, Luke Clubb and Deputy Fire Chief George Low. It was a great learning experience and team building exercise for everyone!