Firefighters attend specialized training (December 9, 2005)

Five of Schooleys Mountain's "bravest" were recently afforded the opportunity to attend training at Texas A&M Fire School on flammable liquid firefighting. The training, which is considered to be the best of it's kind in the nation, was provided as part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program. SMFPA is a participant in the program as a result of it's housing of one of the apparatus components of the regional  firefighting task force. Members of the supporting fire departments were invited to attend this training at no cost to the fire departments.

Chief Carey, Assistant Chief Heimburg, Lieutenant Pierce, and Firefighters DeRasmi and Newbold, were among 40 firefighters from New Jersey along with dozens of others from the U.S. and Canada. They learned strategies and tactics for battling some of the most challenging flammable liquid incidents, through introduction in the classroom, then thoroughly reinforced during live fires at what many consider the most realistic training facility in the world. Among the tactics taught were foam chemistry from the perspective of what fire responders need to know to do their job both during and after a response, and strategic water delivery requirements for all types of incidents. To add further realism, firefighters participated in night burns to reinforce all of the subjects introduced during the course.

The intensive 4 day training was conducted at the 120-acre Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, which is the largest in the United States and includes full-scale buildings, towers, tanks, industrial plant structures and a ship that are used during life-like training simulations.

Lt. Pierce, Chief Carey, FF Newbold, Asst. Chief Heimburg, FF DeRasmi
Yes, it was cold (approx. 19 degrees on morning)

The crew moves in

These depict the intensity of the fires

Many thanks to County Fire Coordinator Alderton and the New Jersey Contingent for their assistance and camaraderie.