As part of the continuing orientation to the training one of the volunteer instructors (above) is demonstrating the type of spray pattern to be used during the engagement.
The process for entry goes like this; a two person entry team is ready at the rear door of the trailer. This simulates their approach to a house on fire. The hose tender feels the door for heat and visually indicates to the nozzleman where the heat level is. The door is opened a crack to check for reaction to the fire and if safe the team continues into the building with the nozzleman leading. Of course heat rises so the firefighters drop to their knees and crawl into the building. Rounding the corner of in the training simulator this is what they see.
The FIREBLAST is serious training. The heat at standing head level is staggering (up to 200*), near the ceiling it is deadly (one session reached 800* Fahrenheit) and most firefighters break into a heavy sweat crawling into a constricted area to engage a fire which is developing into a dangerous blaze. To top off the challenges visibility is very limited. And if you make the mistake of fogging the fire with a wide stream of water instead of pushing it back with a focused spray pattern, your mask and face shield steam up and all visibility can be lost.
Time to cool this 'roll-over', push the fire back and knock it down. The great thing about the FIREBLAST training trailer is that the firefighters get to practice their tactics over and over. Work through their mistakes and go at it again.
One squad out, one squad in and another on deck. The training proceeds long into the day. These firefighters will sleep well tonight.
This is the last photo in this set. Republic Fire Station forms the backdrop for the firefighters atop the FIREBLAST trailer. This was a great training and all firefighters and officers learned a lot. Our thanks to Washington State Firefighter Association.
Link to Wahington State Firefighter Association: http://www.wsffa.org/
Link to Republic WA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic,_Washington
Link to Ferry County WA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferry_County,_Washington