FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – A partnership in firefighting is bringing some new challenges and obstacles.
Fairborn firefighters are operating with a small crew every shift, so all this week, they’re stepping up their training efforts to make sure they’re ready when called into action.
The old Command Motel on the 100 block of North Broad street has been vacant for some time, but before it’s torn down, firefighters are using the building as a training ground for all types of emergencies.
“A lot of today is focused on doing firefighter rescued so if we have a firefighter go down– similar to cases that happened in Boston, and across the country where we’re losing firefighters– to make sure we’re trained and ready in case we have a case like that we’re ready to get people out,” said Fairborn’s Battalion Chief Adam Howard
Firefighters trained in two separate buildings, a two-story brick building and another with siding, a material used to protect that building from weather damage.
Differences between the materials create unique challenges and responses for firefighters.
In one scenario, firefighters showed 2 NEWS how they prepare for a building where the floor of the lower level is burned away.
“We never know what situation we’re going to get into and there’s times you get into the building and the floors are weak anyway without fire conditions. So, depending on what we’re faced with, this is just another one of those things that we can go to or think about,” said one firefighter.
Search and rescue as well as ladder skills were also part of the training, during which the Fairborn firefighters were also joined by firefighters from Wright Patterson.
The two engines train together to supplement the small staff at Fairborn and to prepare for instance where they must work together to respond to an emergency.
Firefighters will continue their training at the vacant motel until June.