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Training sideways

Mar 25, 2013
On Saturday afternoon, the Washington Fire Department trained on what could be a worst-case scenario – a bus that had rolled over on its side. Firefighter Tim Wells, head of the Washington County Rescue Department, said that the firefighters practiced cutting into the top and the sides of the bus to gain access. Instructors showed the firefighters the proper technique for entering the bus. Wells said the department tries to do training like this once a year and trains about seven times per year on multiple things. Instructor Jerry Eslick said the biggest part of the exercise is the understanding that the community would be highly invested in a situation like this — because it would more than likely involve children — and the firefighters had to take their time and ensure the safety of the people inside. He said the firefighters would meet with school districts and preplan bus rescues.

On Saturday afternoon, the Washington Fire Department trained on what could be a worst-case scenario – a bus that had rolled over on its side. Firefighter Tim Wells, head of the Washington County Rescue Department, said that the firefighters practiced cutting into the top and the sides of the bus to gain access. Instructors showed the firefighters the proper technique for entering the bus. Wells said the department tries to do training like this once a year and trains about seven times per year on multiple things. Instructor Jerry Eslick said the biggest part of the exercise is the understanding that the community would be highly invested in a situation like this — because it would more than likely involve children — and the firefighters had to take their time and ensure the safety of the people inside. He said the firefighters would meet with school districts and preplan bus rescues.

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