CROWN POINT - Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13 provided a training and demonstration of the care and use of fire extinguishers recently.
Bob Minter, fire and emergency instructor at the Vermont Fire Academy, indicated the major features of each type of extinguisher and emphasized the limits of their capability. He also stated they must be checked annually to be sure they will be effective when needed. The small 5 pound ABC extinguishers usually carried on boats are limited and should be used to provide a means of escape as most likely they would not be able to completely extinguish a boat fire. Toxic fumes from fiberglass and other combustibles on a boat can be fatal.
A good-sized bonfire was ignited and then was put out in a display of different types and sizes of extinguishers.
Minter is a member of Flotilla 15-13 with the current of AUX-Chef.
The agenda for the next meeting covers the use of visual distress signals (flares). Flotilla 15-13 will also be on hand at the Elks Junior Fishing Program to be held at the Lake Champlain boat launch June 6. Life Jackets and safe boating will be explained to the young fishing enthusiasts.
Personal safety is one of the greatest concerns of the auxiliary.
The meeting included the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation to Patricia Knapp of Crown Point by Flotilla Commander David Hirtle for her many years of service to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13 as commander and as treasurer.