This month, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services personnel are participating in a Rapid Intervention Drill known as the "Cold Smoke Drill.”
The drill simulates the rapid removal of a downed firefighter in a commercial building with heavy smoke conditions with the building’s sprinkler system activated. Firefighters must descend down a flight of stairs, locate the victim, silence the PASS (Personal Alert Safety System) alarm, package the victim using webbing, ropes, or hand tools, and remove the victim in the same way they entered.
"Extremely limited sight and being pummeled by the sprinkler system, makes this a very physical drill", stated Fire Training Officer, Robbie Kennedy. "Many of our personnel have never worked in this sort of environment and this is proving to be worthwhile," added Kennedy.
The class is held twice a day at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, located at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, and will continue through the month of June.