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Photos by Fritz Rethage  ·    Posted October 31, 2003

Live Fire Exercise
[Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department]
[Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department Training Academy]

On Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. on October 26, 2003, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department went "out of service" to conduct "live fire training" at the Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department Training Academy.  The community was covered by the Wood-Ridge Fire Department, until the HHFD returned at 6:00 p.m.  About a third of the department participated and traveled to the Academy with Engine #1, Engine #2, Rescue, EMS #2 and the Chief's SUV. Firemen from Wood-Ridge and Hackensack Fire Departments also participated.

Training was focused establishing command, setting up multiple teams, putting out fires, search & rescue, venting roofs, etc.  During  the day-long drill, trainers set several fires in rapid succession.  As soon as one fire was extinguished, another was set.  Occasionally, several fires were going at the same time.

Several senior firefighters got practice performing the "command" position.   At times, the trainers would take "off-line" firefighters into the burning structure so they could observe the activities unfold.

The training was so active, that the HHFD consumed its inventory of the compressed air used in the Scott Packs.  The Academy re-charged the air tanks so that the training could continue.

Trainers closely monitored each firefighter during each exercise, to insure personal safety, that correct procedures were executed, and that the training objectives were being met.

Probationary and junior department members in red helmets were not permitted in the burning building, but got lots of support experience by replacing firefighters Scott Air Packs on the fly, dragging hoses, getting tools, etc.    Junior members were only allowed to tour inside the structure when all fires were extinguished.

The Academy burns Class "A" materials to provide as close to realistic environment as possible to train firefighters for real-life, high temperature fires in smoke filled environments.  The concrete block "smokehouse" facilitates multiple companies working together under both light and heavy smoke and fire conditions -- and has two sections with a bi-level single family dwelling mockup on one side, and a split ranch single family dwelling on the other side -- both full basement, plus a garage with automobile.

The Academy is certified by the NJ Division of Fire Safety, and provides comprehensive firematic training for firefighters in New Jersey.   Middletown Township Fire Department is the worlds largest volunteer fire department with 11 companies and about 600 volunteers.

June 1, 2003 training at this facility [Group 1][Group 2]


[Go to Group 2] Smokehouse

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Roof venting

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Hose Venting

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Window venting

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HHFD head trainer setting up another exercise

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Chief #2 observing the fire scene.

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Jerry (key academy trainer), kept our department working hard. 
As soon as one fire was extinguished, he would restart the fire again.

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Keeping the water pressure steady

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Refilling a fire extinguisher

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Refilling the Scott Air packs with compressed air

[Go to Group 2] Smokehouse


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