Firefighters trained in defensive driving

Sixty-six Ascension and Iberville Parish firefighters attended a defensive driving course last week.

The course was designed to teach firefighters the proper way to respond to and return from an emergency in their personal vehicles, Ascension Parish Fire Protection District. No. 1 Chairman James E. LeBlanc said.

Firefighters from St. Amant, 5th Ward, Sorrento, 7th District, Galvez-Lake, Geismar and East Iberville attended the training.

The course was taught by Mike Arnold with Volunteer Firefighters Insurance Services.

“Emergency responders must be taught how to handle their vehicle in the worst of weather and conditions, such as on icy bridges,” LeBlanc said. “They are taught how to safely come out of a spin in heavy rain when the vehicle hydroplanes or skids on wet services. They are taught what to do when encountering deer or other large animals suddenly appearing in the road in rural areas. These are all situations that a driver could be confronted with.

“To experience any of these would require quick thinking without panic, which is also a skill that a driver must be trained in,” he said.