Cold Weather? – No Problem as Firefighters Sharpen Skills

Cold Weather? – No Problem as Firefighters Sharpen Skills

Danville Firefighters had to force their way into a home for a fire call in the 900 block of East Main Street last night (December 11, 2019).  And they found one ‘victim’ partially hanging out a second floor window when they arrived.  But don’t be alarmed.  It was only a drill.

Lieutenant Chris McMahon, Fire Marshal and Training Officer for the Danville Fire Department, says multiple training sessions are being held this week…

(One of the ‘victims’ is removed from the two-story home. Note: You can click on the photos to enlarge them.)

{‘’We’re doing training for all three shifts for the next three days – simulating a real fire with real victims trapped. It makes us more proficient at the job we do,’’ said McMahon.}

McMahon says the training is made as real as possible…

{‘’Everything is just a real incident. The only difference is they don’t use lights and sirens coming to the scene,’’ said McMahon during an interview with VermilionCountyFirst.com News.}

Lieutenant McMahon thinks it is important to have such training – even in the cold weather….

 

{‘’I think it’s very important. This training teaches us our deficiencies and we can go back to the station afterwards in a controlled setting and work on them.’’}

So, if you saw all those fire trucks in the 900 block of East Main Street last evening – it was only a drill.

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This story by Neuhoff Media Danville News Director Bill Pickett.  Got a news tip?  Give Bill a call at 217-709-1245, or contact him at BillPickett@Neuhoffmedia.com.