Preparing for the real thing

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More than 20 members from four Northern Peninsula fire departments converged on the Straits Fire Department at the weekend to undergo two days of training in the basics of firefighting.

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More than 20 members from four Northern Peninsula fire departments converged on the Straits Fire Department at the weekend to undergo two days of training in the basics of firefighting.

Straits chief Hank Diamond said the defensive firefighting course was the "meat and potatoes" of what the volunteer members must know when it comes to protecting their communities.

Organized by Mr. Diamond and Port au Choix fire chief Jim Mackinnon, the pair decided it was high time to bring the training grounds to the firemen.

"We got together and decided to teach this course to any fire fighters in our area," Mr. Diamond said.

"We've both been going to fire school for many years and we both thought it would be a great chance for the fire departments on the Northern Peninsula, to get some great training a little closer to home."

Mr. Diamond said it was the first time the Straits had hosted a joint training exercise of this size but said he hoped it wouldn't be the last.

"It was a total success, and we know there are other departments who could not make it this time, but since it went so well, maybe we will offer it again in the spring when Fire School starts up again," he said.

Members from Port au Choix, St. Barbe, St. Anthony and the Straits all took part in field practice exercises that included techniques in extinguishing a car fire and different methods of using fire hoses.

In the classroom the volunteers learnt everything from fire behaviour, ground ladders and even protecting fire scene evidence.

You can watch the fire fighters going through several drills by visiting our video section or clicking on this link

Organizations: Straits Fire Department, Fire School

Geographic location: Port au Choix, St. Anthony

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