06/11/10 258 W, 1 I - + 9 - 17 Cooling Off / Fire Operations 101

Yesterday's News & Observer also published this photo from Saturday's Operations 101 event at the Keeter Training Center. The headline was "Your Best Shot: Cooling Off." The caption read: "Mike Legeros took this photo of Raleigh City Councilor Nancy McFarlane flanked by Capt. Dennis Tart, left, and firefighter Donald Williams of the Raleigh Fire Department. The fire department invited City Council members to spend Saturday learning how firefighters do their jobs. McFarlane nad just finished a search-and-rescue drill, in which she entered a hot, smoky building and helped bring out a 160-pound mannequin." The photo appeared in the paper's Triangle & Company section, as one of their recurring Your Best Shot photos. Click to enlarge.


Fire Department Operations 101 was hosted by the Raleigh Fire Department, and sponsored by the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association. It was intended as "freshman orientation" to daily operations, risk, and rewards faced by Raleigh firefighters. City Council members were escorted by shepherds during all stages of the half-day event, which started with a fitting of full firefighter personal protective equipment.

Classroom instruction included emergency medical technician and firefighter skill sets. Council members also attended demonstrations of haz-mat and USAR operations. After lunch, they dressed and responded as Engine 14 and Ladder 4 to simulated structure fire in the lower-level of the training tower. Their objectives were to advance a charged hose line, extinguish a fire, search and locate a victim, and resuscitate same. Read the original press release or see more photos.

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