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.