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Training Props: Fort Rescue

Tue, 2 Aug 2011|

Leigh Hollins takes you on a tour of Fort Rescue, a 40-foot-tall training structure that allows firefighters to train on various scenarios, including rope rescue, engine company operations, and aerial operations.



Hello, this is Lee Hollins Cedar Hammock fire rescue, Manitee County. We're doing various Training Minute videos on realistic training props, and I would just like to bring to your attention, that these particular scenarios we're doing are not instructional scenarios, this is not for instructional purposes, it's to show how you can use these various props. Is what it's all about. So we try to be realistic, but we have some brand new recruits that we're using for this particular segment, and we have some experienced people also, and we have some experienced officers, but we don't want anyone to try to pick apart the actual tactics that used. It is just to show how these props can be used in various ways, okay? So, we just wanted to bring that to your attention. Thank you. >> [MUSIC] Hello. This is Battalion Chief Leigh Hollins, with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, of Manatee County, Florida. Today we're gonna be talking about realistic training props. One of the training props we have here, at the Emergency Services training facility, is a unique structure, that we call Fort Rescue. Fort Rescue is a custom made structure. It's approximately 40 feet tall. The, top deck is 16 by 16, and the front wall also being 16 foot wide, except at the top we got a 24 foot wide wall there where there's a walkway. The features on Fort Rescue. Or many. It could be used for various evolutions such as rescue work, meaning, rope rescue. Would could use it for engine company operations. We could also use it for aerial operations. Some of the features include as far as the rope rescue portion. We have a parapet wall that someone can repel over. We have an edge there where you can open up the gate and go straight off the edge without the parapet wall. You can go over the railing. We also have a hatch on the top floor, which is approximately 40 feet tall, four stories, and we can do various evolutions through that hatch. Either bringing people up through that hatch or we can repel down through the hatch. So, Some of the other, Evolutions that can be performed there would be picking off people out of windows, or any other type of rescue work. If there was scaffolding that was involved and you had to rescue someone from scaffolding, we could practice this in real-time with the realistic training prop. We could repeat this over, and over, and over again so it becomes second-nature to us. Some other features of fort rescue are that it can be used for engine company work. The fort also includes a Fire Department connection that has a Siamese that can be pumped. It also has a 5-inch storage connection that can be pumped. And that will feed a sprinkler system, underneath the 2nd floor. Or a standpipe on the 2nd floor, where hose lines can be deployed up the stairways from there, we have 3 types of stairs, we have a straight staircase, we have a staircase with a landing, as well as a spiral staircase where various. Hose advance evolutions can be conducted there. We can do ladder operations with ground ladders via the two windows that you see. We can also perform various ladder rescues from those areas, or using the railings to ladder those various platforms. We can also do aerial operations, as far as spotting an aerial. And trying to get, the tip of our ladder, or, the tower up to certain levels at the window, to perform various rescues from, those windows, or from the top of the tower. So Fort Rescue's a very diverse training prop that can be used for many different evolution. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Now pull, one more time. Let go of both hands. There you go. [MUSIC] I'm Lee Hollins. Thanks for watching this segment of Training Minute videos.

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