What does the Second Alarmers do?
The Moline Second Alarmers not only has a rich history as a fire buff organization but as the volunteer arm of the Moline Fire Department.
The Second Alarmers have a multitude of tasks which range from:
Self-contained breathing apparatus is a crucial safety equipment used in hazardous environments. In order to ensure continued safety, the bottles must be periodically refilled and replaced. Changing S.C.B.A. bottles requires strict adherence to safety guidelines to avoid accidents and injuries.
When firefighters are at the scene of an emergency, it is important that they have all the necessary gear, tools, and equipment to avoid any untoward incident. Retrieving extra gear, tools, or equipment for firefighters can be a critical task that requires careful planning and execution. This may not be glamorous, but it’s a crucial role that contributes to the success and safety of firefighting operations.
Fire scene illumination is critical in ensuring the safety of firefighters as they carry out their tasks in low-light environments. The illumination equipment used should be rugged and reliable enough to withstand harsh conditions. Some of the commonly used equipment includes floodlights, handheld flashlights, and helmet-mounted flashlights.
Providing refreshments and rehabilitative services for firefighters is critical to ensuring their safety and well-being during emergency incidents. Firefighting is a physically and mentally demanding job that requires significant endurance and stamina. Therefore, it is important to offer firefighters nutritious food and drinks to keep them energized and hydrated during their shifts.
Once a month on the first Wednesday we hold training sessions to polish old skills and practice new. We will travel to other local departments to tour stations and learn of the equipment similarities and differences. In some cases the crew learns the proper use and procedure of that equipment just in case we are called into service via the MABAS system.