Monthly training keeps firefighters prepared

Becky Vargo • Oct 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety had a beautiful fall day Tuesday to participate in a monthly training session, rotating from building escape to search and rescue, and then to relay pumping.

Firefighters practiced going face-first down a ladder during training for a quick escape from a building. The ladder for Tuesday’s session was set up against a retaining wall next to the Department of Public Safety building.

The GHDPS garage was filled with artificial smoke to make it difficult to find a dummy body and bring it outside along Columbus Avenue. The search-and-rescue training also included making sure their safety equipment was properly attached.

Out on Harbor Island, firefighters started fire trucks, checked gauges, hooked up hoses and pumped water from a hydrant to an engine, and then relayed it to the ladder truck. This is where they sprayed the water out of a hose on the ground and from a nozzle at the top of the ladder.

The relay training is important for when the city department assists the Grand Haven Township department in case of a fire at a home far away from a hydrant.

The officers train with different situations every month.

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