When Dave Donbrock of Star Truck Rentals talks about “putting out fires,” he really means it!
We’ve always been extremely proud of the dedication so many of our NationaLease member companies and their employees exhibit towards their neighborhoods and communities. Every so often, we come across a specific instance that we want to share. This past week, Dave Donbrock, Branch Manager for Star Truck Rentals, Inc., a NationaLease Member, informed us about a very important event with which he was involved. I’ll let Dave tell it in his own words:
“I’m the branch manager for Star Truck Rentals at their corporate office in Grand Rapids, MI. I’ve been with the company for ten years. In addition, I’m a Paid-on-Call Fire Fighter EMT-B with the Kentwood and Portland, MI fire departments. The Portland fire department is 100% paid-on-call, but they also have three ambulances which service the city of Portland and the surrounding villages and townships. We all work 12-hour shifts on the ambulances. Portland is where I live and Kentwood is a suburb of Grand Rapids. Kentwood is predominantly staffed with full-time fire fighters, but there are roughly a dozen paid-on-call fire fighters. Star Truck Rentals allows me to leave work to run calls with the Kentwood FD.
In the fire industry, we often train at extricating patients from automobiles, and we even train on extracting passengers from school buses. But I’ve always noticed that there was a gap in the training of fire departments; that of extricating truck drivers from their vehicles. That lack of training often results in a delay in providing advanced medical care to drivers who need to be extricated. Star gave their blessing to hold the training on their property and Frontier Truck Parts agreed to donate three sleeper cabs. We also used one of our trucks that had been wrecked last winter, which we laid three-quarters of the way on its side to simulate a possible accident.
The Kentwood fire department over the course of three days trained at our facility. During each of the three days, I gave a 30-minute synopsis on the dangers that are unique to truck accidents, such as the potential for tires and brake chambers to come apart and injure the first responders. We also talked about the scarcity of air bags to protect the truck drivers during accidents. That’s vital, because air bags are a common concern during patient extrication since they can go off after the accident and cause injury to the first responder as well as further injury to the patient.
The fire fighters put the cabs on their side, and in upright positions and practiced extricating occupants out of the bunks and from the driving position. Overall, it was a very informative training session for them and they were very grateful to Star Truck Rentals for providing the training.”
All of us at NationaLease are extremely proud of Dave and his very important work. And we thank Star Truck Rentals for their much-appreciated contribution to the effort. Dave was kind enough to send along some great pictures of the event that you see here throughout the blog.