Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Fire Recruits Go Through Live-Fire Training

May 3, 2019

Cherokee County Fire Recruits went through a live fire training exercise today at the fire training center located just south of Holly Springs. Firefighters must be able to think critically and clearly and solve problems quickly, under extreme stress. This is especially difficult in an actual fire, so training instructors conduct live fire training drills to give students opportunities to develop these skills. The overall goal is to instill good habits in students through repeated exposure. The live fire training is conducted in the two story burn building located at the training center.

Capt. Jeff Adamek gave a briefing of the day's activities, and then the recruits dressed in their turn-out gear with their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Today’s exercise was an interior search and rescue. “This is a real simulation of a house fire that we are dispatched, too. They (the recruits) will respond to the fire, make entry, do a search for victims and control the fire,” stated Sgt. Chris Brauda one of the instructors for today.

The recruits are evaluated after the exercise by a lead instructor. The live fire training allows firefighters to receive the most realistic training possible and it teaches them how to safely and effectively fight fires in a controlled setting under supervision.

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Capt. Jeff Adamek gives final instructions before the recruits go into the burn building.
Capt. Jeff Adamek gives final instructions before the recruits go into the burn building. (click image for slideshow)
The recruits pick up the necessary tools to fight the fire and search for victims.
The recruits pick up the necessary tools to fight the fire and search for victims.
Fire recruits begin to make their way through the building.
Fire recruits begin to make their way through the building.
Fire recruits are covered with smoke as they make their way into the building.
Fire recruits are covered with smoke as they make their way into the building.
Fire recruits sit down with Lt. Denny Hall to talk about the exercise they just completed.
Fire recruits sit down with Lt. Denny Hall to talk about the exercise they just completed.