When it comes to life saving, the more training the better.
One of the biggest challenges for life saving training is recreating scenarios and conditions that truly mimic real life situations — which is why the Kent Fire Department worked so hard to pull together a multi-day training event in the Allerton Apartments on Kent State’s campus.
It was a perfect opportunity to create live fire conditions and test skills for fire rescue.
Fire Captain Dave Moore passed along a summary of the multi-day training event, along with some photos, that should help us all sleep a little better knowing these guys are on-call if we need them.
“I am proud to give you the following stats. Over a six (6) day period we were able to prepare (cover windows and breach walls), load (with pallets and straw) and finally burn in ten (10) apartments. We conducted over forty(40) individual training fires and trained over seventy (70) firefighters from eleven (11) local departments. As a department, most of our members attended at least one of the training days. Throughout the training we did NOT incur any serious injuries or damage any gear. None of this should be taken lightly as these fires were very hot and challenging. The work load to accomplish this was enormous.
The fore-mentioned stats on the fires could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment from so many people. I will briefly discuss each group, in no particular order as they were all equally important.
Donations- we received exceptional support from our local remediation companies and hospitals. These companies donated lumber, straw, pallets, drinks (water/sports drinks), lodging for out of town instructors, food and hardware. University Hospitals staffed our rehab sector and provided meals for three days! All together, these donations saved us from spending thousands of dollars to provide the same.
Firefighters and Instructors- without the unbelievable dedication and work of our men none of this would have been possible. The instructors on our department started working on this project months ago, doing much of the set up work on their own time. As the burns drew closer the work load increased and duties were delegated without complaint. They donated their time and their own personal tools for the set up days. During the week they arrived earlier and stayed later than they got paid, all the time doing so with a smile on their faces.
As for the out of town instructors, I hope their impact is realized. These are fire instructors that normally teach at fire service conferences all over the Country and they came here on their own dime! This was an ALL STAR class of fire service educators that our department got to learn from for a whole week! I cannot put a dollar number that this would be worth. Just bringing in one of them formally would have cost us over a thousand dollars and we had nine of them! In my career I have never seen anything like it. We can thank Gary Lane for much of this though. His contacts within the fire education groups on social media was key.
These instructors taught hose line operations, advanced search and rescue and roof ventilation techniques that our department will benefit from for years to come. One of the instructors even gave a talk to my shift after we made dinner for the instructors. He lost his best friend in a fire in 2003 and received burns trying to rescue him. His message and lessons learned made me very honored to have witnessed it. Our shifts also pitched in and helped each day of the burns. Many stayed up late to insure the SCBA bottles were filled and the equipment was ready for the next day.
KSU- the opportunity provided by Kent State to allow us to burn in these apartments again cannot be minimized. They insured that a week of burning be included into the bid package for the demo contractor. This cost them money and we did everything in our power to be good guests. We did not want to add to this cost or make the demo contractor’s job any harder. We were involved in the initial meeting months ago and a good line of communication continued throughout all of the burns. I would like to work with you to provide a media release, so we can highlight this partnership and the great benefit that we as a City received.