Last week, career firefighters and new recruits were sharpening their skills in firefighting at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center just south of Holly Springs.
Battalion Chief, Kevin Lanier, stated that the career firefighters were going through several different scenarios including ventilation, forcible entry and attaching and stretching an attack line to a standpipe.
Firefighters could be seen on one of the training buildings cutting holes into a roof for ventilation with chainsaws. Ventilation of a building is one of the most important, yet least understood, firefighting tactics. When firefighters open a large hole in the roof, heat and smoke can quickly be removed from the structure which improves conditions inside the building.
In another area, firefighters were being taught the skills of forcible entry. Firefighters used striking tools to obtain entry through a forcible door simulator. It’s important for firefighters to learn these skills in order to quickly get inside a locked door of a home when emergencies occur.
Firefighters were also training in the fire training tower to learn about attaching and stretching a tag line to a standpipe. A standpipe is a rigid water piping system built into multi-story buildings to which fire hoses can be connected. The standpipe serves the same purpose as a fire hydrant.
While career firefighters were honing their skills, new fire recruits were in another section of the training center area going through a doghouse drill. The doghouse drill consists of a small U-shaped structure that is about as high and wide as a standard dog house that the recruits have to crawl through while wearing full turn-out gear. Once inside, recruits experience crawling through small, dark spaces while overcoming numerous structures that are inside.
Consistent training is important in the life of a firefighter. It not only helps in the safety of our firefighters, but it also helps in our daily purpose of saving lives and property.