Fire stations come together for training on high-rise apartments

 

Amherstburg firefighters from all three stations gather for a photo prior to the start of a training exercise at Pickering Tower May 30.

Amherstburg firefighters from all three stations gather for a photo prior to the start of a training exercise at Pickering Tower May 30.

Firefighters worked on a scenario where there was a “fire” on the sixth floor with firefighters also having to perform a rescue exercise. Firefighters went up through staircases inside the apartment building and also used the ladder truck to gain access to the building.

Firefighters worked on a scenario where there was a “fire” on the sixth floor with firefighters also having to perform a rescue exercise. Firefighters went up through staircases inside the apartment building and also used the ladder truck to gain access to the building.

Firefighters worked on a scenario where there was a “fire” on the sixth floor with firefighters also having to perform a rescue exercise. Firefighters went up through staircases inside the apartment building and also used the ladder truck to gain access to the building.

Firefighters worked on a scenario where there was a “fire” on the sixth floor with firefighters also having to perform a rescue exercise. Firefighters went up through staircases inside the apartment building and also used the ladder truck to gain access to the building.

Capt. Dave Mickle instructs firefighters in a stairwell as part of the exercise.

Capt. Dave Mickle instructs firefighters in a stairwell as part of the exercise.

Firefighters "rescue" a mannequin that was used as part of a May 30 training exercise at Pickering Tower.

Firefighters “rescue” a mannequin that was used as part of a May 30 training exercise at Pickering Tower.

By Ron Giofu

 

It may have looked like an emergency situation at Pickering Tower last Thursday night but that was by design.

All three stations of the Amherstburg Fire Department teamed up for a training exercise at the eight-storey apartment building. The scenario had firefighters responding as if there was a fire on the sixth floor and a man down.

Chief Randy Sinasac said when the fire department undergoes specialized training such as high-rise training, all three stations are called in. While there are no high-rise buildings in the areas stations two and three cover, Sinasac said it is important for all firefighters to be trained on all situations. Should a fire arise at an apartment building, all three stations would likely be called in to deal with it.

“It gives us an opportunity for the people we have to use the aerial apparatus and to gain experience to deal with high-rise situations, which can be different than other fires,” said Sinasac.

While firefighters have regular training, such exercises as last Thursday night’s enable them in getting practical experience and Sinasac said the fire department is very appreciative to Pickering Tower in allowing the apartment building to be used. “It’s an inconvenience to them but it’s an invaluable tool for us for training purposes,” said Sinasac.

In addition to having all three stations at last Thursday night’s exercise, Essex-Windsor EMS was also on hand to provide additional training. That partnership is also there at other large training exercises including the ice water rescue exercise that was held in River Canard a few months ago.

 

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