The first of four “smokehouse” trainings on the Newton Abbott 2015 schedule was held last night at Chestnut Ridge. These events simulate the smoky conditions encountered by firefighters when operating at live incidents, making use of either simulated smoke, or real smoke (and heat) produced by the combustion of hay and wood pallets.

Four probationary members were in attendance, including three who are current classmates in the Firefighter I program. This program presents the fundamental knowledge and skill associated with firefighting, including the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The smokehouse simulation, overseen by Erie County Fire Instructors, affords trainees the opportunity to put their newly learned skills to the test, and allows evaluation of their progress by senior members.

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