Training Exercises (Northeast Tarrant County)
For those folks who might from time to time monitor your scanner radio or listen online to the radio feed for Northeast Tarrant County, this week you might have noticed several drills that are taking place across the radio traffic. These are only drills that involve multiple cities. These drills include a building Collapse, trench rescues, a plane crash and swift water rescues just to name a few. These are calls that are actually dispatched over the radios at different times of the day.
NEFDA or NorthEast Fire Department Association was developed by a group of cities in Northeast Tarrant County for the purpose of combining manpower, ideas, and education for Specialty Operations. These operational areas include:
* Hazardous Materials
* Technical Rescue
* Swiftwater Rescue
* Mass Casualty Response
* Explosive Response
Cities that are a part of NEFDA include Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Hurst, Haltom City, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga and Westlake.
These agencies do extensive training in all of the participating cities as well as DFW Airport and the Tarrant County College Northwest campus. Sometimes we get people asking why they see a Haltom City fire truck in say Euless, etc. Hopefully they are there on a training exercise and not an actual incident.
It is the mission of the Northeast Fire Department Association to consolidate the strengths and resources of all member departments for the purpose of enhancing the service delivery to all of Northeast Tarrant County across all jurisdictional boundaries. We accomplish this mission by providing our Fire Fighters with quality professional development training, sharing of resources, cooperative mutual aid responses, and a commitment to community safety. You can learn a lot more about NEFDA, the different types of specialty fire apparatus the cities have to offer as well as where they are located on NEFDA’s website at the following. http://www.nefda.net/