Trigg County Firefighters learn how to work in confinement
by Alan Reed
Jun 28, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cadiz and Trigg County Firefighters brave the Kentucky Fire and Rescue Hot Trailer to learn how heat rises to different levels, fires grow and how to extinguish blazes in a confined space.
Cadiz and Trigg County Firefighters brave the Kentucky Fire and Rescue Hot Trailer to learn how heat rises to different levels, fires grow and how to extinguish blazes in a confined space.
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Several county fire departments joined the Cadiz Fire Department with the State Fire Rescue Department at a June 20 training session at 6 P.M. at the Cadiz Fire Department. State Fire Rescue brought their “Hot Trailer” to expose firemen to real world conditions of heat and low visibility.

The Hot Trailer is an insulated trailer with a compartment for burning wood to simulate the heat and smoke of a fire. Sensors in the fire compartment give temperatures at various levels.

Glen Young of Kentucky Fire and Rescue conducted a tour before the fire was ignited. “The firemen enter in teams. As soon as they enter they crawl in below the heat and smoke, wearing their self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). An instructor sits in the control room and will report temperatures. At the ceiling, that can be 1000 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. At about three-and-a-half feet- head level when firemen crouch, it may be 300 degrees.”

David Sullenger, also of KFR, described the objective. “We want to get new firemen in and show new firemen what it is like. Some get claustrophobic and can’t take it. It is better to find out here, in a controlled environment, than at a real fire. We want to demonstrate the different stages of heat. Their turnout-gear will protect them from the heat, but it can only protect them for so long. It is a controlled environment, but there is always some danger.”

Sullenger discussed the techniques for fighting a fire in an enclosed space, impressing this need on firemen. “We have to keep a solid stream on the fire, or else the steam could cook us like lobsters.”

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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