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Photos by Fritz Rethage

HHFD Training

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducted exercises on September 22, 2002 in a Jefferson Avenue house slated for demolition. 

The maneuvers scheduled included (1) Search and rescue, (2) Hose training and (3) Venting roof.  Three trainers carefully  briefed and supervised the maneuvers to insure full personal safety through the exercises.

During search and rescue exercises in full turn out gear weighing 60 pounds --  wax paper covered the masks to limit visibility and simulate smoke conditions.   A 40 pound "dummy" dressed in in firefighters turnout gear to include Scott pack, was hidden in the attic. The goal was to methodically go through the course until the victim was rescued, regularly informing command of their location and maintaining constant communications with their partner.

A hose connection was made to the pumper with firefighters poised at the front door.   Wax paper covered their mask to simulate smoke.  The hose was then carried to the second floor to extinguish a "fire" in the attic --  and also to simulate "hose venting" of smoke. Each section of hose weights 90 pounds.

Several firefighters cut venting holes in the roof while the instructor provided information about some of the dangers they may face.


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Briefing the department and providing practical tips on the maneuvers.
The dummy victim was hidden in the attic.

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Taking the rescued victim out of the building.

Beginning the search & rescue exercise from the back entrance.
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Climbing the stairs.

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Using tools to help find their way.

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Pulling the victim from an attic closet.

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