During firefighting week of ERT, Responders take classes and participate in practicals that expose them to the basics of firefighting and prepare them for future service.
Men gain hands-on experience using fire extinguishers.
Gaining confidence using self-contained breathing apparatus, men travel through an obstacle course. This course simulates many fireground activities, including carrying hoses, heavy fans, climbing ladders, ventilating roofs, moving heavy objects and traveling through constricted areas.
Ladder exercises include victim removals by firefighting students.
Using different size diameter hoses and types of nozzles, men work with various handlines. Students must learn to control the nozzle reaction and how to maneuver with them as a team.
Master stream devices allow hundreds of gallons to be discharged per minute over long distances.
Performing search and rescue inside a fogged building provides valuable experience for the low visibility situations they will encounter inside a structure fire. Victims must be located and removed from the building successfully to complete this exercise.
As part of a final scenario, ALERT men are faced with a live vehicle fire that they must extinguish.
Working together to apply the skills learned throughout the week, fire companies quickly knockdown and work to overhaul the involved vehicle.