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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:58 pm 
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When firemen enter a burning smoke filled building in search of trapped people or animals they drag a heavy 1 and 3/4 inch hose primed with water and various tools like a specialized pry-bar and an axe. Todays training of the 2 new recruits was the most growling yet as they entered and reenter smoke filled hallways with multiple smoke filled rooms learning how to search without getting lost with zero visibility.

The morning was spent on the first floor of Eckles Hall on the WNMU campus as they learned to make only right or only left turns so as to only return to their starting place while covering the all rooms. Afternoon took them to the second floor in total darkness with smoke where their flashlights cast only a dim glow with no projection through the smoke. This time they had to drag the hose up a stairway consisting of one landing with a 180 degree turn.

In the photo above a trainee hauls the hose out the doorway while his partner drags it down the stairs and out the door.

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It takes teem work to move a hose that doesn't easily bend.

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This is not protocol, rather a picture of total exhaustion. Through every training at least 1 experienced firefighter is nearby, giving instruction and watching out for undue fatigue as well as watching for mistakes that could cause injury.

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Then they begin to strip down of the approximately 50 pounds of clothing and gear.


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