Each year, associates at Life Care Center of Pensacola, Florida, undergo in-depth fire safety training, and ever since the building opened in 2006, Tom Yockel has been the instructor.
The training, provided through Russell Phillips and Associates, drills down to the different shifts and departments and covers who is responsible for what and how associates can work as a team to keep everyone safe in the event of a fire. With 120 residents, plus associates and visitors, that’s an important charge.
Yockel is retiring this year and made his last trip to Life Care Center of Pensacola on Nov. 20-21, 2019.
Yockel covered a lot in the training sessions – from how to put out a fire by having associates smother a fire lit on his lap to explaining how to safely evacuate one compartment of the building to a safe area of the facility in a different fire compartment.
“From the time the building opened and we needed knowledge about how our building was set up, to continuous training of our team, we just felt a special relationship,” said Jennifer Landis, executive director. “Tom is such a great presenter – he kept the team engaged and remembered people from year to year. During the practice fire drill, he hid associates in patient rooms so that when we are checking rooms we learn to think and really look around the room before considering it evacuated. His education has been something I will never forget.”