Probationary Firefighter/EMT Candidate Elly Hersam completes "Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations" class
By Vista Fire Department
January 18, 2018

The Vista Fire Department would like to congratulate Probationary Firefighter/EMT Candidate Elly Hersam on completing the "Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations" class at the Westchester County Fire Training Center in Valhalla, New York.

"Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations" class is a 79-hour course described as the following:

“This course prepares new firefighters to operate in the exterior or non-IDLH areas of the fire scene. Students participate in learning events covering firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), self-contained breathing apparatus inspection and cylinder changing, fire department communications, building construction and fire behavior, modern fire control research, portable fire extinguishers, rope and knot tying, ground ladders, forcible entry, tactical ventilation theory, water supply, hose and fire streams, loss control, orientation to fire origin and cause determination, fire prevention and life safety initiatives, confined space awareness, overview of first aid and buddy care, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations."

All training is free of charge to the members of the Vista Fire Department and Volunteers are needed! Please visit for more details on how you can join our team!

Probationary Firefighter/EMT Candidate Elly Hersam
Probationary Firefighter/EMT Candidate Elly Hersam