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County firefighters get training at regional fire school

During the regional fire school held last weekend by the Sanpete County Fire District and the Utah Fire and Safety Academy, Sanpete firefighters learned techniques like extrication, the emergency automobile removal technique shown in this photo.
During the regional fire school held last weekend by the Sanpete County Fire District and the Utah Fire and Safety Academy, Sanpete firefighters learned techniques like extrication, the emergency automobile removal technique shown in this photo.

 

County firefighters get training at regional fire school

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

3-23-2017

 

EPHRAIM—A Sanpete County Regional Fire School was held last weekend to help local firefighters become more properly trained to handle the demanding job of fire and rescue operations.

The training course, which lasted all day Friday and Saturday, was a cooperative effort between the Sanpete County Fire District and the Utah Fire and Safety Academy, says Nick Lyon, fire district chairman.

“This is to introduce our local firefighters with specific hands-on training, to get them more familiar with techniques like extrication, flashover training, forcible entry,  fighting fires and other techniques that will help them protect themselves and others,” said Raleigh Bunch, Utah Fire and Safety Academy region program manager.

Bunch says the school consisted of a mix of classroom learning and hands-on training exercises.

“Our rapid intervention class teaches our firefighters how to help themselves get out alive if they get trapped in a burning building,” said Bunch, regarding one of the multiple class offerings at the regional fire school.

 

NEWS - PHOTOPACKAGE - Regional fire school - fast entry training - ROBERT
The forcible entry training class held at the regional fire school last weekend taught firefighters from all over the county how to effectively and quickly gain entry into a locked or blocked door.
NEWS - PHOTOPACKAGE - Regional fire school - Flash over prop - ROBERT
Firefighters use a “flashover box” to help acclimate local firefighters to what it’s like being in a burning building when the fire flares up.