Ocean City Fire Department’s training gets new twist, providing hands-on experience


OCEAN CITY, Md. – One Team. One Vision. One Mission. It’s more than just a motto, they’re words the Ocean City Fire Department lives by.

“The heroes are functioning in something they take pride in doing to help others but being able to do it appropriately allows us to do it to the best of our ability for the public that we serve,” Ocean City Fire Department Lieutenant Eric Borderman said.

For the first time, the department’s regular scheduled training was done with a twist allowing those who participated the chance to gain real life experiences beyond the walls of a classroom.

“You can only get so much out of a classroom, you know what I mean? The movement part is definitely key and actually getting out there. You can have all the knowledge but the application of it is what’s really really big,” said Ocean City Fire Department’s David Macia said.

“That muscle memory development by practicing the application of what we’ve been taught and what we’re learning. It’s either in updates in technology, tools of the trade, or skill and application. That always works out better,” Borderman said.

The training consists of two components including public service fire and medical emergency. The first focuses on search and rescue exercises while the other puts an emphasis on proper patient care.

“So we understand their respiratory patterns and their need for airway management, pain management, as well as the ability to help maybe forget that incident,” Borderman said.

Ultimately, I’m told in this line of work it’s not about what you know but how you apply it.

“Get familiar and comfortable in your own discomfort and operating at the level is kind of key. That way when it does happen you’re not necessarily uncomfortable,” Macia said.  “Sets and reps. Sets and reps. Keep doing it, keep doing it. Put your gear on. Work. Practice. That’s the only way to do it.”

We’re told the department plans on keeping the new structure of the training. There’s also a stress and mental health component providing tools to keep stress levels down while on the job.

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