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Firefighter for Day program is March 23

By Lisa King

Shelbyville Fire Department’s Firefighter for a Day program is scheduled for March 23, and Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding said the event promises to be very exciting.

“We have ten [people] signed up right now, and most of them are women,” he said. “I have six women and four guys; that’s more women than last year.”

Last year was the pilot year for the program, which had 10 participants as well, including three women.

“This was a huge success with many of last year’s participants,” he said. “In fact, one of them is now a recruit at our department, and another guy joined East 60.”

Spaulding said he has four more spots available and encourages anyone interested to contact him.

“As we did last year, you will be teamed up with a team of other participants and will spend the day doing training evolutions as a firefighter would,” Spaulding said.

Activities will consist of a variety of scenarios:

§       The “confidence” drill will include vehicle extrication, forcible entry, simulated fire and hose drill and haz mat (hazardous materials) dress out. This exercise also includes the low profile drill, in which firefighters have to escape from a collapsed building or a possible entanglement.

§       The “motivation” drill will be hose line advancing and suppression, and the leadership drill will involve smoke and fire entry techniques.

§       The “trust” activity will be the 3-story descent. Spaulding said the descent will be from the Emergency Management Agency’s building on 7th Street.

“They [participants] an choose to either rappel down or they can be hooked into a harness and lowered down,” he said.

There will also be a problem solving and rescue scenario.

The teamwork portion will be a little different because the department’s aerial truck is being refurbished and will be not be available. 

“Each one of these are real-life scenarios that we go through everyday,” Spaulding said.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served and will conclude with awards and participation certificates.

Spaulding said he really is looking forward to the event as a way to raise awareness about what emergency services personnel do and also to recruit new firefighters.


Firefighter for a Day

What:Fire recruit training program

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 23

Where:EMA office, 98 7th Street

More info:Contact Chris Spaulding at 633-7101, ext. 2, or sfdasstchief@insightbb.com