Albert B Beardsley, Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Georgetown Firefighters Train on How to Battle Car Fires
GEORGETOWN — Chief Albert Beardsley reports that Georgetown firefighters conducted live fire training on Tuesday April 14 at the Georgetown Highway Garage off East Main Street.
The Chief said several VERY used cars were donated by Brandy Brow Used Auto Parts of Plaistow, N.H. for the training session
“Getting a means to give firefighters live fire training is always difficult,” Chief Beardsley said. “We are very grateful to Brandy Brow for their generous donation. The donation was critical to this program’s success.”
There’s no substitute for real fire training but it needs to be conducted under very careful, and controlled, conditions. Concern is always present when doing any live fire for the safety of personnel and that of introducing unnecessary pollutants in the environment so firefighters took many special precautions ahead of time. Engines and fuel tanks were removed to avoid gas and oil from either burning or getting washed into the ground.
The firefighters also used straw rather than hay to conduct the actual burns. Burning hay has been researched to introduce certain pollutants that can potentially be harmful when burned.
For the training, firefighters practiced stretching hose lines to extinguish the fires and used hand extinguishers. Additionally firefighters used their self-contained breathing equipment and turnout gear to protect their bodies and lungs from the smoke.
Prior to the live-fire class, firefighters were given a review on safety techniques necessary at the scene of a car fire, and a Fire Safety Officer was constantly watching as personnel performed the job.
While some firefighters were fighting the flames, others were working with the Department’s battery-powered extrication tools, commonly referred to as the “Jaws of Life,” to hone their skills on how to safely cut and spread metal from around a person when trapped in a crashed car.
The drill was put together by Fire Lieutenant Bret Moyer, who serves as the Department’s Director of Fire Training. Planning took place over several months and involved locating cars, developing a training plan, and contacting various agencies of interest. The drill began at 6:30 p.m. and concluded around 9 that evening.
If you would like to learn more about the training or about the Georgetown Fire Department — or to become a firefighter — visit the fire station at 47 Central St., Georgetown.