Our volunteers were awake early this morning headed to the West Chester PA Fire Dept. Fire Training Center for a day of Class A live fire drills. The morning began with crews running standard fire attack evolutions where crews advance a hoseline into the seat of the fire and knock it down. Each firefighter was given a chance to operate the nozzle, some for the first time. Following interior attacks, we moved to RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) drills. Here crews performed interior attacks and during their attack, a crew member “went down”. Crews practiced calling a MAYDAY and the RIT was activated. Working in real smoke and heat the crews had to locate and rescue the downed firefighter. Crews got a chance to work with our FAST board as well. The final evolutions of the day were “run ins”. This is where the apparatus responds into the site just like a real call and the crews must attack the fire and perform searches in the building.
Lafayette and our neighboring fire companies travel to this facility twice per year so our firefighters can experience the most realistic fire, heat and smoke conditions that we can create because we feel this is essential in helping our firefighters become comfortable with aggressive interior attacks.
Departments participating in our fall burn were: Lafayette, Witmer, Bird in Hand, Lancaster Township and Upper Leacock.
While our units and crews were out of the area, Akron and Gordonville Fire Companies provided coverage for us and handled a motor vehicle accident in the afternoon.