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|Fire Department Uses Home Near Downtown for Training Exercise
|POSTED 5:11pm 4/29/09 Where there's smoke - there's fire, wasn't actually the case as one local fire department used an area residence for training.
Theatre smoke billowed out of a house as the Galesburg Fire Department Wednesday used a two story apartment residence at 188 and 190 North Kellogg Street as a training tool to practice both fire fighting and a fire rescue.
Dan Foley, Fire Prevention Captain for the City of Galesburg, and acting Public Information Officer on the scene, said this was a good chance to practice at this residence since they had never been there before. Foley tells WGIL fire fighters have a specific job to attend to when they first arrive on a fire scene.
"They'll respond in order like they would at an actual structure fire," Foley said. "First thing the leader of any truck will do is assume a command, so that everyone knows who's calling the shots when they get here. If an officer is not the first one to arrive, then the next truck that has an officer will then assume command. So that's kind of where it all starts, because we all look to that person for direction as to the next step."
Foley says jobs of some fire personnel may be different depending on each fire. Some may be used to search the residence, and some may be used to vent the structure while others on the scene will be used to specifically fight the blaze.
Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service was also on the scene to aid as rehab to the fire fighters and attend to a "victim" that was pulled from the fire.
(Firefighters broke walls as a way to practice going room to room for victims during Wednesday's training drill.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
|04 29 09 by Newsroom
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