Somerville Fire Department training at 311 Highland Avenue


By Charles Breen

For four days last week (April 21, 22, 23 & 24) Somerville firefighters conducted training using a vacant, commercial building at 311 Highland Avenue.

Firefighters trained on rescuing an injured firefighter trapped in a basement during a fire. Firefighters practiced using thermal imaging cameras to see through smoke, practiced using search ropes and used two newly purchased Pak Tracker firefighter locating devices that lock on a signal produced when a downed firefighter activates an emergency alert. Firefighters were tasked with entering the dark and smoke filled basement, searching for and locating an injured firefighter, providing him with an air supply and removing the firefighter to safety. The training took place in a darkened, windowless basement which was filled with “smoke” from a fog machine to create realistic conditions.

The Somerville Fire Department would like to thank Marshall & Gwen Simpkins for allowing firefighters to utilize this property to provide critical training for Somerville firefighters.

Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.




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