During Monday’s Goldendale City Council meeting, Steve Randolph of the city’s fire department passed out a list of the recent activities of the department:
May 15 and May 16 members of the department volunteered their time presenting at the Learning Ladder preschool. The presentation included safety tips on fire alarms, and not hiding from firefighters in full gear. as well as aid unit and fire engine.
The public education team has developed a strong working relationship with the local schools, especially the Goldendale High School FFA. Collaborating on several events in the last few months and also working on future education opportunities.
April 30, the volunteers teamed up with the American Red Cross to install smoke alarms in four Goldendale homes. The department is working to strengthen this partnership and develop the smoke alarm installation program further.
“This is their own time that our firefighters are dedicating to the community.” the release said. “May 6 and 13 training and fire meetings were spent refreshing our wildland skills and assisting our local cemetery staff in the mitigation of fire on their back field and brush piles.”
It added “In the last 30 days our volunteers have attended workshops and training above and beyond our Monday meetings. Training included
• red card refresher courses for woodland fire
• a two-day Incident Safety Officer training in Ellensburg
• Central Interagency Academy training in Yakima County
• BNSF major incident – incident command
• Seven our our newest fire fighters completed FFI Structure Fire Academy.”
Mayor Mike Canon praised the volunteers for their public service and willingness to devote many hours to their training.