The Edmond Sun

September 18, 2013

Local personnel practice fighting structure fires

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Local firefighters honed their fighting skills Tuesday morning at the Edmond Fire Department’s regional training site.

Personnel from the Oak Cliff Fire Department, which responds with locals on a number of live calls, joined a mix of Edmond veterans and recruits for the “burn down” training event, said Jon Neely, Edmond’s chief training officer.

Earlier during the department’s in-house academy, the city’s nine recruits framed and placed drywall in the multi-room home at the training site near the Interstate 35-Covell intersection.

Tuesday, about 10 fires were intentionally set in different rooms of the structure to give personnel realistic scenarios, Neely said. Recruits were split up and placed individually with other fire personnel in different firefighting teams, mirroring what they will do after the academy ends and they begin serving the public, Neely said.

Neely said during the exercise personnel worked well together, communicated well and no one was injured. The cooler, rainy weather conditions were ideal for this type of work, he said.

The recruits are nearing the end of the Fire Department’s 28th in-house academy, a 25-week program. Graduation is Sept. 27. | 341-2121