Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"something clicked around week four and the dynamic started to change"

Part 3 of the fire fighter training series continues

"Inside a building, up in an attic, down in a basement, on a patio or in an open field - fires can happen anywhere and the recruits must train for multiple scenarios. 
When not performing search and rescue drills or sitting in a classroom, the recruits from Class 249 completed successively larger drills called burn evolutions in the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's four-level, concrete burn building. 
Between each evolution, instructors set up bales of straw as the recruits sat in a circle and reviewed their progress with an instructor. The doors would be closed, the bales set on fire and the recruits would start the next evolution. Sometimes they went through a ground floor door, or climb a ladder to vent a higher window or to access the attic. Other times, they plunged into the smoky depths of a basement, one of the more dangerous places to be in a real fire because homeowners tend to store boxes and other items there."

Continue reading Part 3 (subscription may be required)

If you missed Parts 1 and 2 can be found here

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