Firefighter Training

Training in a Fast-Food Restaurant

Issue 4 and Volume 160.

In our previous article, “Acquiring Structures for Training” (Fire Engineering, April 2006), we discussed some ways to acquire or gain access to structures for training. In determining the type of structure needed for training, we first considered the level of damage our training will cause in that structure and rate it accordingly: nondestructive, destructive, or live fire. The drill involving fast-food restaurants below is nondestructive and will do no damage to the structure. This is a great drill for bad-weather days and for new members who don’t have construction background. The drill requires access to a fast-food restaurant, a laptop computer, and a free CD from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that includes a copy of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report F2000-13. This drill provides lessons concerning fast-food restaurant construction-how the structure is built, the materials and interior finishes used, how these components…

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