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Winter Park-Maitland Observer
SunRail Grand Opening, Maitland Fire Rescue Department Practices RIT Training

City Talk Submission
Submission Date:  April 29, 2014

SunRail Grand Opening on April 11

On April 11, 2014, the City of Maitland hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Maitland’s SunRail station, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation.  The program included prepared remarks from U.S. Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) and Florida Department of Transportation Director of Transportation Development Frank O’Dea.  We thank Congressman Mica and Mr. O’Dea for joining us on this special day.

Following the program, attendees toured the SunRail train, station, and ticket kiosks.  Each train is equipped with wireless internet connectivity, luggage and bicycle storage, and restroom facilities.  The Maitland SunRail station features four ticket kiosks, six ticket validators, and 125 on-site parking spaces.  Following the tour, attendees received red-velvet whoopie pies from All Things Sweet.

SunRail opens its doors to the public on Thursday, May 1, 2014, and will provide free weekday rides for passengers from May 1, 2014, through May 16, 2014.  SunRail only will operate during the weekdays.  For information related to SunRail, please visit www.sunrail.com.

Thank you, Maitland, for your participation in a successful event.


Maitland Fire Rescue Department Practices RIT Training

Members of the Fire Department participated for the first time ever in a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) competition held at Fire Rescue East earlier this year.  The competition involved firefighters crawling through a grueling maze on air with masks blacked out and in full bunker gear.  The objective was to find and extricate an injured firefighter.  Maitland firefighters constructed a special RIT maze weeks before to prepare for the competition.  The team spent many hours training on how to circumvent obstacles and get a downed firefighter out of a hazardous environment.

Participating in the competition was a great training opportunity for all who competed and helped to expand an awareness of the importance of RIT training.  The RIT prop will now be incorporated into department wide training, so that all members can practice the challenges of a RIT scenario.
 

 




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