Fire chief: thanks for training help
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org March 12, 2013 12:12PM
Crown Point Fire Chief Greg DeLor (second from left) recognized Ed Hein (from left), John Marshall and Jay Olson for their contributions to the Fire-Rescue Departments training program. | Photo provided
Updated: March 12, 2013 12:12PM
CROWN POINT — Fire Chief Greg DeLor gave special recognition March 4 to three men for helping the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department with training exercises. The men are Ed Hein from E.J. Hein Farms on Iowa Street, John Marshall from Midnight Blue Towing, and Jay Olson, director of Public Works for the city.
Hein allows the CPFD Rescue Team to train for silo and grain crib recovery. In an area with a lot of farms this is an essential training skill. Silo recovery is extremely dangerous.
A silo half-filled with grain or corn also means that the unfilled portion can be filled with highly volatile gases.
Marshall, who owns a lot of heavy equipment, also has a bone-yard of vehicles. He not only allows the CPFD to train there, but he also has his employees stage various configurations of vehicles and heavy equipment where people need rescuing. He stages accidents at no cost to the city.
Jay Olson provides Street Department staff to practice digging trenches so that the CPFD can practice trench rescue. Every time something big or something little gets built that requires a trench for underground utilities. Emergency calls have been answered in Lowell and Cedar Lake in the last few years.
According to Mike Parks, Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 1 training officer, what Hein, Marshall and Olson “provide is use of realistic equipment. We were able to perform mock drills on real equipment. Eddie Hein lets us train on real farm equipment. That stuff is invaluable and prepares us both locally and district wide. This is technical rescue. These are the things above and beyond what a fire department provides. This is above and beyond.
“We do confined space drills where Jay (Olson) provides us with trenches. For big machinery we practice out at the farm. Marshall provides us with search and rescue training for vehicle crashes and with his big equipment.”