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Man Vs. Machine Seminar Held at Islip Town Fire Museum

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CENTRAL ISLIP, NY - On the weekend of May 5th and 6th, Islip Town Fire Museum hosted a Man Vs. Machine seminar. The seminar featured instructors from PL Vulcan training. Firefighters from Nassau and Suffolk Counties were in attendance. This year's seminar consisted of two days of training. The first night consisted of the lecture portion of the training.

On May 6th, the down and dirty hands-on portion of the seminar took place. Firefighters were split into 1 of 4 groups. Once assigned, the groups were sent to stations where they would learn skills that could be used for different types of technical type rescues that they may encounter. The stations ranged from basic ring stuck on a finger, which could be handled using different types of skills such as soap and a rubber band, or may require more drastic measures such as cutting it off with snips or a grinding tool depending on the severity of how bad the ring is stuck.   

There were also stations to learn how to get a hand out of an industrial type meat grinder. This station involved cutting the meat grinder open in such a way that the hand could be freed. There was also training on other industrial machinery incidents like a hand in an auger, in which the members of the responding crew would have to secure the machinery (lock out tag out), and then they learned how to either disassemble by removing the bolts, or shearing off the bolts if that was needed.

The last incident that the firefighters trained for was impalements. For this station a mannequin was impaled on a fence and the firefighters would need to work together to get the it down. This particular exercise required strategizing and communicating with one another. All of the training at the seminar had the firefighters paired with members of other departments which helped them to not just learn from the instructors, but also from one another. Once the attendees were finished going through all the stations, a quick debrief and question/answer/ feedback session was done to recap things learned and provide clarity where needed.

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JOHN WALTHERSSenior Correspondent

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