The Edmond Sun

August 29, 2013

Edmond fire recruits experience night training

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — One training scenario involved a two-vehicle crash with injury — and human “victims.”

Another involved a structure fire and flames shooting into the sky from a propane tank.

Both scenarios, along with others, were part of a night training event for fire recruits last week at the Edmond Fire Department’s regional training facility, located near the Interstate 35-Covell interchange.

Chief Training Officer Jon Neely said the event, which came after a day of additional training, would continue past midnight until about 2 a.m. It was meant to enhance the “muscle memory” aspect of fire service work — when tasks become automatic, Neely said.

“It’s the same drill they’ve been doing for several months now during the day,” he said. “But the night time brings a whole other situation that we have to deal with.”

Lighting is the biggest part of it, as well as the lack of visibility, Neely said. During daylight hours, a crew can see smoke from 2-3 miles out, something that is absent from night scenes, he said. Members of the recruits’ families were able to watch several scenarios and get a taste of what their loved ones have been experiencing.

Nine recruits are progressing through the Fire Department’s 28th in-house academy, a 25-week program. Graduation is Sept. 27.