The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Driver and Marine Division
(DMD) presented Captain Joe Poppell of the Glynn County Fire Department with a
plaque expressing their gratitude for his assistance in standing up the Incident
Response Vehicle (IRV).
Captain Poppell was instrumental in training
the DMD in the use of extractions tools in the unfortunate event that an
accident was to occur requiring immediate extrication from the vehicle. He
continues to participate in training exercises with the IRV and works with DMD
to improve their proficiency.
The IRV is a first responder unit, but is not intended to be an emergency
vehicle, nor will the operators routinely perform emergency services. However,
in the event of a serious rollover, or fire, the IRV is equipped with tools that
may be employed to cut vehicles open and extinguish fires.
The IRV was developed through the cooperative efforts of the FLETC
Environmental and Safety Division and the Driver and Marine Division. The
Environmental Division purchased the necessary equipment and provided training
on its use; the DMD garage outfitted the IRV and made major modifications to
enable the installation of fire suppression equipment and tools; and the DMD
staff received training and will operate the IRV.
The IRV will be
employed during designated driving courses to include: Emergency Response,
Pursuit Driving, Pursuit Immobilization Techniques (PIT), Ramming, High Center
of Gravity Vehicle, Vehicle Ambush Countermeasures Training Program, Night
Driving, Night Pursuit and in support of activities at the Counter-terrorism
Operations Training Facility.