Amherstburg Fire Department sharpens skills at Front Road North home

 

 

A team of Amherstburg firefighters wait outside the Front Road North home they were training at last Monday evening. Firefighters have been out numerous times over the last few weeks getting hands-on experience during a training exercise. A similar training exercise was also held recently prior to the demolition of the former Wesley United Church building on Sandwich St. S.

A team of Amherstburg firefighters wait outside the Front Road North home they were training at last Monday evening. Firefighters have been out numerous times over the last few weeks getting hands-on experience during a training exercise. A similar training exercise was also held recently prior to the demolition of the former Wesley United Church building on Sandwich St. S.

Amherstburg firefighters prepare to enter the home at 1267 Front Road North. The home, no longer occupied, has been used by the Amherstburg Fire Department for training purposes the last several weeks.

Amherstburg firefighters prepare to enter the home at 1267 Front Road North. The home, no longer occupied, has been used by the Amherstburg Fire Department for training purposes the last several weeks.

The hand of a firefighter appears on a front window of the home during a training session last Monday evening. Teams of firefighters went inside the home as part of rescue exercises they were practising.

The hand of a firefighter appears on a front window of the home during a training session last Monday evening. Teams of firefighters went inside the home as part of rescue exercises they were practising.

An Amherstburg firefighter exits the home at 1267 Front Road North after completing a training exercise. Artificial smoke was used inside the home to recreate an actual fire call so that firefighters would be better prepared for the real thing.

An Amherstburg firefighter exits the home at 1267 Front Road North after completing a training exercise. Artificial smoke was used inside the home to recreate an actual fire call so that firefighters would be better prepared for the real thing.

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg firefighters have been seen at a former home along Front Road North numerous times over the past couple of weeks as firefighters have been practising their skills for the real thing.

The home, located at 1267 Front Road North, has been used for training purposes with teams of firefighters being able to practise various search and rescue techniques inside. The home was filled with artificial smoke with firefighters going inside in full gear to work on their techniques.

“It’s an awesome exercise,” said Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ouellette.

Ouellette said firefighters are able to use such exercises to get experience inside an actual home and take what they learn in the classroom and put it to use.

“It’s an awesome training exercise,” said Ouellette. “It’s an opportunity to get hands-on training. When you have an actual house or building, you are able to apply some of things you’ve learned. It’s invaluable as far as experience goes.”

Amherstburg firefighters not only got to sharpen their skills in that home recently, but also another building that has since been torn down. The former Wesley United Church building was also utilized by the Amherstburg Fire Department for training purposes before it was demolished. The church sold the property on Sandwich St. S. and has relocated to Middle Side Road.

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