OMAR, W.Va. — The Main Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department recently hosted a training regime designed to certify level one fire fighters.
The class was also sponsored by the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and 15 fire departments representing four counties participated in the training.
“It’s a basic, fundamental fire fighting class that is required by all firemen…It’s the basic training and fundamental training for hose line evolution’s, fire flow streams, ladders, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, overhaul and fire fighter survival and self rescue,” explained fire chief Steven Stone, Main Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire fighters were given 120 hours of instructional time before taking on a portable WVU Extension Service fire training lab.
Nearly the size of a mobile home, the training lab is designed to be a hands-on training experience where fire fighters move from room to room and up and down stairs fighting and extinguishing real fires controlled by computers and fueled by propane.
Fire trainer George Stone, with WVU, explained the training lab can be configured offer different training scenarios.
While fighting fires in the training lab, fire fighters experienced temperatures in excess of 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the training, 26 fire fighters received their certifications.
Steven Stone added more training is set to begin early 2017.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]