On Tuesday, June 27th, fire departments from Seven Lakes, West End, and Eagle Springs joined together at a training center for a training session. The training center provided two buildings in which the firefighters could prepare for emergencies.
One building contained a live fire, causing the interior to heat to temperatures of more than 600 degrees. Firefighters would gear-up and enter the building where they would carry out their duties before exiting.
Some were able to climb up a ladder and enter the building through a window before scoping the perimeter out the smoke-filled room and exiting the building. This exercise prepared the firefighters for possible dangerous elements as well as what to do if someone were trapped in a burning building.
Some firefighters were also given the exercise of piecing together and putting on their air-mask gear while in a completely dark room. This training was issued to help firefighters become familiar with their gear.
This training session was led by Captain Forrest Coxs of the Aberdeen Fire Department.