Edmond Fire Department recruits experienced what it is like to rescue a victim from a structure fire in a zero visibility environment.
A vacant downtown area building that once housed a hospital provided the setting for the training for the recruits who were fully suited and using fire service self-contained breathing apparatuses.
Jon Neely, chief training officer for the Edmond Fire Department, said the recruits went through two exercises Friday — rapid intervention training, which prepares them to rescue a firefighter in peril, and the search and rescue involving two victims and two teams.
Neely said goals included learning teamwork skills such as communicating, decision making and learning about their own limitations. The recruits improved significantly from day one of the training to day 2, Neely said. It was the fourth day of SCBA training.
Next week, the focus shifts to learning the ins and outs of fire service hoses. Graduation is Sept. 26.
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