Monday, July 28, 2014

Kansas firefighters train in Garnett

By The Herald Staff | 12/11/2013

GARNETT — Firefighters from across Kansas got the opportunity for live training this weekend as the Garnett Fire Department and Anderson County Fire Department played host to the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) regional fire school, J.D. Mersman said.

More than 30 firefighters from throughout the state attended, a press release from the Anderson County Emergency Management department said. Firefighters received training on such topics as building construction, engine company operations, incident safety officer, farm extrication, lessons learned, salvage and overhaul and live fire training involving vehicle fires and a burn trailer.

GARNETT — Firefighters from across Kansas got the opportunity for live training this weekend as the Garnett Fire Department and Anderson County Fire Department played host to the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) regional fire school, J.D. Mersman said.

More than 30 firefighters from throughout the state attended, a press release from the Anderson County Emergency Management department said. Firefighters received training on such topics as building construction, engine company operations, incident safety officer, farm extrication, lessons learned, salvage and overhaul and live fire training involving vehicle fires and a burn trailer.

“The primary benefit came from live fire training where [firefighters] actually got to witness and extinguish live fire in the training props,” Mersman, Anderson County Fire and Emergency Management director, said. “There’s training all over the state quite often but this was just a chance to have the Kansas State Fire Association come to our area and put on the training and this brought in instructors from all over the state of Kansas.”

Training in northeast Kansas doesn’t happen very often, Mersman said, so the weekend’s exercises helped firefighters advance their skills and abilities while fighting fires in a controlled environment.

“It gave them an opportunity to get exposure and see how fire burns and the different techniques to extinguish a fire in a safer environment than an actual fire,” Mersman said.

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