HHFD Trains at American Legion Post

The American Legion Post building made its final contribution to the community on Sunday morning, June 10, 2007, with the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducting training. The building was slated for demolition.

The training session was led by Second Assistant Chief Kevin Todd, Engine 1 Captain Edmund Carter III and Rescue Squad Captain Michael Thomasey.

Firefighters ascended the Ladder Truck and training began with the discussion of roof safety techniques. Several holes were cut in the roof using a variety of tools. During a real fire, holes are cut into roofs for venting purposes.

Firefighters then practiced entering the structure and performing search and rescue techniques -- initially in the well-lit main floor, followed by practice in the dark, windowless basement. The basement training was done under air so firefighters could get a better understanding of how long their air supply would last during a search of the area. Thermal imaging cameras were used to monitor the basement training.

Next, several ceiling locations were breached using a variety of tools and techniques. This work would be used to check for fire extensions.

Several walls were broken through, with firefighters practicing passing through them for escape purposes.

After a short break, the firefighters worked the second floor doors -- learning about the different tools and practicing various locked door entries.

The event concluded with a debriefing and explanation on how this training prepares firefighters for real fires and how these techniques can prevent injuries and save lives.

The use of this Post building for training was an asset to the safety of the community.

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