The Edmond Sun

February 20, 2014

Firefighters train to save one of their own

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Firefighters call it “rapid intervention training” — preparing for the need to rescue one of their own in a potential life-and-death situation.

This week, Edmond Fire Department personnel have been going through a series of firefighter-down scenarios at the agency’s training site located near Covell Road and Interstate 35.

Edmond Fire Maj. Joe Elam said four EFD members — himself, Luke Gregory, Courtney Powell and Justin Mann — recently completed a train-the-trainer program in Indianapolis. Elam said they used that information to build a series of firefighter-down scenarios at the local training site.

As part of the continuing department training, firefighters wearing full gear including oxygen tanks experienced the Denver Drill, which simulates a firefighter down in a cramped space, the Nance Drill, which simulates a firefighter down through a collapsed floor, a reduced profile drill and rescuing an entangled firefighter.

Three of the scenarios occurred in the Edmond Fire Department’s multi-story training tower — the Denver Drill, the Nance Drill and the collapsed floor drill. Firefighters paired up and experienced each. | 341-2121, ext. 108