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Firefighter training for high-rise buildings underway in downtown Evansville

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville firefighters are getting a once in a career training opportunity.

At the 420 Main Street building downtown, firefighters were able to practice knocking down doors, knocking down walls, elevator safety and other drills that are unique to bigger buildings.

Division Chief Mike Larson says that these drills are important because high-rise buildings come with their own unique set of difficulties.

”So they have a little snapshot in their mind of what should be done, but when it’s really happening. What should be done and what actually happens are two different things,” said Chief Larson. “So the learning part of that is, is when we roll into it or when they roll into it, and what the book says should be going on and what is actually happening. Putting those two together and having a successful outcome.”

On Monday of this week, they had a fire exercise. A fake fire was set up on the seventh floor of the building and smoke was pumped throughout.

District Chief Mike Ewald said it provided a chance to get used to locating and extinguishing a fire located several floors above ground level.

He explained that getting equipment up to a fire and managing all of the things that need to happen to stop a fire and save civilians are done much more easily if they have practice.

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