Training 06/22/2017

The Fire Department has a new Water Tender.  Spent the evening hooking up WT to review operational setup and pumping.

A water tender, also known as a tanker in some regions, is a specialized firefighting apparatus designed for transporting water from a water source to a fire scene. Water tenders are capable of drafting water from a stream, lake or hydrant.

HVFD honored Ben Petz

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The Hovland Fire Dept honored Ben Petz for his 35 years of service. Fire Chief Charlie LaBoda presented a gift for his service and dedication.

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This event was held at the Fire Hall during the annual strategic planning and evaluation meeting.  Fire Chief Charlie LaBoda said is was a good year for the Hovland Fire Dept.

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Training 10/27/2016

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Training Officer Joe Peterson set up the training site

The Hovland VFD held a night time training: A Speedy Delivery truck had caught fire and the manifest showed the flammable materials on the truck. This training was held on North Road.

All departments were called and responded. Fire Trucks and STOP Team were sent since the report stated that the driver had left the scene to call the fire dept.  This training, lead by Training Officer Joe Peterson, was a review of the coordinated effort and needed skills to maintain readiness.

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Kerry Leeds – S.T.O.P. Captain set up his team to control the road

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Terry Spieker – Assistant Chief, checks STOP team control of the road.
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Firefighter Jennifer Dowden starts pumper truck to spray foam on the delivery truck
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Firefighter Treg Axtell sprays towards the delivery truck
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Speedy delivery truck is contained and extinguished.
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Training Officer, Joe Peterson, showed the firefights the contents of the delivery truck including the manifest showing the flammable materials that were on the truck.

Training 9/22/2016

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The Hovland VFD held a night time road scene training with a collision between a bicyclist and a pick up. This training was held on North Road.

All departments were called and responded. Fire Trucks, First Responders, STOP Team and Ambulance. This training, lead by Training Officer Joe Peterson, was a needed review of the coordinated effort and needed skills to maintain readiness.

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Joe Peterson explaining layout of victim and scene of the accident and response.

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Training Office Field review. Then pack up and head back to the Fire Hall and for internal review.
Training Officer field review. Then pack up and head back to the Fire Hall and for an internal review.

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Annual Pot Luck Dinner

The Hovland Area Volunteer Fire Department held their annual community Pot Luck dinner and annual meeting last night at the Hovland Town Hall. Terry Spieker, Assistant Fire Chief presided over the gathering with brats and hamburgers and great food from all who attended.

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Ken Bjorklund and Ben Petz were in charge of the brats and hamburgers
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Pastor Kris Garey and Terry Spieker, Assistant Fire Chief
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Even the kids had fun at the pot luck dinner
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Terry Spieker – Assistant Fire Chief, officiated over the annual board meeting.

Training 7/28/2016

Joe Peterson, Training Officer, reviewed set up of water tender fire truck to holding tank and pumping systems for the E18 fire truck. This process was repeated so each firefighter had a chance to operate and manage pumping water from the holding tank to the pumping system of the E18 fire truck.

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Neil Slaughter, Jennifer Dowden, Joe Peterson, Keck Melby. and Charlie LaBoda (not pictured)
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set up of holding tank

 

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hook up of E18 to holding tank

 

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Filling holding tank from the water tinder truck
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Joe Peterson explaining how the system works

 

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Fire Chief Charlie LaBoda managing the water tender flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Barton – Communications Director is working with Rowan Watkins from the Cook County IT department in adjusting and calibrating the frequency of all the radios of the Hovland fire trucks and hand held radios. This new system allows county wide communications and also taps in the the state wide system.

 

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Rowan Watkins calibrating the frequency of E18 fire truck

 

 

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John Barton – Communications Director is reviewing updates to the system with Rowan Watkins

Training 7/14/2016

Al Taenzer, Evacuation Program Director and Joe Peterson, Training Officer held an evacuation training tonight at the Hovland Fire Department building, The members broke into 5 teams and headed to the east of the fire dept and contacted a list of home owners who were instructed on the procedures and evacuation routes had this been a real emergency.

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Member of the Evacuation Program Training tonight

 

Kerry Leeds showed Bob Salo evacuation signs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Charles Faust welcomed Kerry Leads and Ken Ken Bjorklund to his home

 

 

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Roger Opp and Patricia Hvidston

 

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Roger and Margann Nebergall and grand daughter Madison thanks Team 5 for stopping by.

Training 6/23/16

Kerry Keeds held a S.T.O.P training on North road with the emphasizing a two lane event. The newest member, Bob Tamanaha was introduced to the S.T.O.P. team

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Joe Peterson, Training Officer, reviewed pumping systems for the E18 fire truck with Keck Melby,  Neil Slaughter, Treg Axtell, Charlie LaBoda and Terry Spieker.

 

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