WOODBURY — At the request of medical units in the Connecticut Army National Guard, the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department will create and supervise a military training scenario in Woodbury’s Orenaug Park, using ropes and high-angle rescue on Saturday, Sept 14.
“Normally the national guard rotates its training with civilian organizations around the state,” said Fire Chief Janet B. Morgan. “But they were so pleased with our cooperation, expertise and dedication (in a road wreck exercise two years ago) that they asked to return to Woodbury.”
The Woodbury Fire Department will host the 118th Medical Battalion and the 141st Medical Company, both from Middletown, along with the 142nd Medical Company from Danbury.
With an expected 70 to 80 National Guard soldiers present, they will break up into teams on three courses. Each team will comprise up to eight soldiers. Under the direction of Fire 2nd Lt Chris Start, the WVFD will create a scenario, fix an obstacle course, and provide rope-rescue training, and equipment. The medics will run the courses practicing evacuation and treatment from the fire tower in Orenaug Park down the rock slopes to Park Road or the staging area of the parking lot in the Woodbury Senior Center, 265 Main Street South, behind the town buildings Saturday.
A Sikorsky UH60 Blackhawk helicopter , also from the Connecticut national guard, will use the Middle School parking lot at 67 Washington Ave. as its flightbase for part of the exercise.
“This will take our men off the trucks and into the woods,” said Captain David C. Pytlik of Middletown, battalion operations officer. “We’re looking forward to it.”
At the first planning meeting held Aug. 14, Fire Deputy Chief David Lampart noted that Orenaug Park was made available through the cooperation of the Woodbury Parks & Recreation Department.
A State Police representative also warned that certain areas will have restricted public access, to avoid danger or interference with the exercise. Fire Lt. Start, a nationally-recognized expert in rope-rescue operations, told the meeting that he will integrate what he called “some difficult surprises” for national guard personnel undergoing the training.
The guard contingent will make camp in a meadow near the fire department headquarters on Friday Sept 13 and run the training exercise Saturday Sept 14. They will conduct a full review in the meeting room of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department , 25 Quassuk Road, on Sunday Sept 15.
For further inforation on this event, contact Chief Janet Morgan and Deputy Chief Dave Lampart at the Woodbury Fire Department (non-emergency daytime), at 203-263-3100.