Area volunteer firemen train with MU’s fire simulator trailer

Posted 2/19/20

A $5,000 grant funded live-fire training Saturday for 21 area volunteer firemen seeking Firefighter I and II certification through the University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue …

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Area volunteer firemen train with MU’s fire simulator trailer

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A $5,000 grant funded live-fire training Saturday for 21 area volunteer firemen seeking Firefighter I and II certification through the University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI). Instructors repeatedly cautioned the volunteers to avoid going home with severe burns as all their exercises that day would involve live fire. “Keep all your skin covered,” the volunteers were told indoors at Owensville Middle School after being tested on gearing up in under two minutes. Firemen take a walk through of the FRTI live-burn trailer before taking turns in hose teams of three persons ascending the stairs and working through the upper and lower levels of the two-story trailer. Propane burners, ignited by instructors, had to be extinguished as they moved through the search and rescue scenario. Fire scenarios fueled by propane included pressurized tanks, a vehicle fire, and a class “A” (materials and debris) dumpster fire. An ignitable liquids firefighting scenario was also conducted. Supporting equipment and staffing from Owensville, Bland, Belle, and Gerald-Rosebud departments helped stage the program along with instructors and supervisors for the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office. Firemen from Vichy, Linn, New Haven, Gerald-Rosebud, Belle, Bland, and Hermann participated in the class from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with temperatures ranging from a low of 20 to the mid-40 with a steady, chilly, all-day wind blowing.

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