It would so simple for Albero to get his facts straight. Just to take a minute or so to talk to those involved in the activities at hand and his reporting would be much more accurate and pleasurable to read.
I am sure the accident in Hebron involving the Fire Dept. vehicle has caused a lot of people in the service to sit up and take note. An incident such as this always does. But to insinuate that the Salisbury Fire Department has been lax in their training and has only now since the accident stepped up to the plate is an absolute misdirection of information. The activity that Albero photographed this weekend was part of the Departments F.A.D.O. (Fire Apparatus Driver Operator) training. This class is done annually in order to certify and re-certify driver/operators of the departments apparatus. The class consists of many didactic hours as well as practical evolutions in which the student must demonstrate proficiency in hydraulics and mathematics required to efficiently operate the various pieces of department apparatus. Those wishing to operate department equipment must also obtain the proper class of Maryland Drivers License. Driving skills are also part of this department training and the student must also obtain a satisfactory evaluation of that skill. Those certifying for the first time have also been requited to take and successfully complete the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institutes Pumps class. This is far from new. These requirements have been in place for years within the Salisbury Fire Department.
All in all what Albero has photographed is but a very small part of the process. If nothing else, those participating in the training deserve better than this haphazard mention of the activities at hand
Albero’s reporting tends to make one believe the department is playing “Catch-up” in light of the tragic event in Hebron.
Nothing is farther from the truth.