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Firefighter recruits conduct live fire training

Firefighter recruits conduct live fire training

Fire training Training Centre on Hammond Avenue

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  July 5, 2022 (LSNews)  The 2022 Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR) recruit class put out a live fire Tuesday, as they honed their skills involving interior firefighting operations and tactics.

The seven recruits took part in a live fire training exercise at the TBFR Training Centre on Hammond Avenue.

TBFR Training Officer Peter Warywoda and Platoon Chief John Kaplanis paired up the new recruits with on-duty veteran firefighters from B Platoon, working side by side as they trained on mitigating the unsafe conditions of heat and smoke in a fire-filled atmosphere.

“The interior live fire training is a critical phase in the development of the safety-minded professional firefighter,” said Platoon Chief John Kaplanis.

“Even with modern construction and safety regulations, interior structural firefighting is still the most dangerous aspect of our job.”

The recruits also practiced how to conduct interior searches for fire victims and victim removal, as well as how to safely and efficiently extinguish interior structural fires, and ventilate toxic smoke-filled atmospheres.

Additional training included support operations for structural fires, such as basic ladder techniques, conducting hose lays, advancing hose lines, and securing a water supply from a hydrant to a Pumper truck.

Warywoda will continue to oversee and conduct live fire training with the new recruits this week, as training wraps up on Friday. This class has been training for 14 weeks, with recruits joining their respective platoons in the coming weeks.   

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