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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Taylor Fire Department Seeks Volunteers for Rehab Team

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Team Members Will Provide Needed Relief for Firefighters on the Job


TAYLOR, TX – The Taylor Fire Department is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taylor Fire Department
Rehab Team. The Rehab Team is an organization formed by former Taylor Fire Chief Pat Ekiss to support
firefighters working on major incidents. Team members will receive training at monthly meetings, and will
be provided with all necessary equipment and supplies. Team members must be 21 years of age and must
live in Taylor. Team training meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Taylor
Fire Station One downtown. Anyone interested in learning more about the rehab team is welcome to
attend a meeting.
The Rehab Team was formed in 2015 to provide firefighters access to a true rehab experience when they
are on a fire scene. It gives them a place to sit down, hydrate, and get a quick snack if they have been on
scene for a while without relief. Air bottles are filled and firefighters are checked out by EMS before going
back inside a burning or smoke-filled structure. Being properly rehabbed allows firefighters to finish the job
and go safely home to the station.
The Rehab Team utilizes Rehab 1, a Fire Department vehicle specially equipped for the mission. It is
outfitted with cones for marking the rehab area perimeter; tables and chairs; large jugs for water and
Gatorade; hot chocolate and coffee; paper and plastic goods; and several types of snacks. The truck also
carries a generator; various lights, heaters and fans; and tents for use in inclement weather or as protection
from the sun. Most importantly, the truck is outfitted with a compressed air system for filling empty air
bottles. Team members also have the use of Squad 1, an SUV that can be used by additional team
personnel going to the fire scene. All required uniforms and equipment are provided by the Taylor Fire
Department
For additional information about how to participate, call Michele Vrabel in Fire Administration at 512-352-
6992.
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