HHFD Search & Rescue Drill
On the evening of August 22, 2007, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire
Department conducted training at a Kipp Avenue house scheduled
for demolition. The exercise was led by First Assistant Chief
Mike Ratowski, Rescue Lt. Chris Halloran and Ladder Company
Capt. Brian Morrow.
The drill started with orientation and a review of safety procedures
and on-scene protocol. Participants were divided into two groups;
each having the opportunity to participate in each scenario.
Lt. Halloran supervised second floor search and rescue training
in a simulated smoke filled environment, utilizing three volunteers
as victims. Victims were hidden inside rooms near makeshift
furniture. Doors were closed and obstacles strewn about to simulate
potential hazards. The search for victims was done with firefighters
in full turnout gear using their air tanks; and included practicing
teamwork search procedures and use of thermal imaging cameras.
Once the victim was located, rescuers had to remove them to
the front door.
Capt. Morrow supervised several roof venting techniques. This
included assessing the structure and incident, ladder training
and safety, venting a sloped roof and venting a flat roof. Tools
used included a circular saw, chain saw and axe. Firefighters
wore full turnout gear.
Also participating in the drill were members of the Moonachie
Fire Department and Carlstadt EMS. ###
Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department
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