Firefighter Training, Firefighting

FEMA/USFA Directors Take Part in First Responder Training

WASHINGTON – Following President Bush’s incitement of significant increases in assistance to first responders, Joe M. Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison took part in a hands-on firefighting exercise at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park on Friday, January 25, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The exercise was designed to underscore the role of first responders, the hazards of firefighting, as well as foster a greater understanding of the need for safe, hands-on training and modern protective equipment for emergency response personnel.

The demonstration evolutions included the donning and use of full protective equipment, including breathing apparatus; a controlled structural burn and the observation of the dynamics of fire and smoke; extinguishment of flammable liquids fire; and a simulated patient extrication from a vehicle. Allbaugh and Paulison donned full firefighter gear and participated in these activities.