Twenty-four Cherokee County fire recruits received hands-on training yesterday at the fire training center located south of Holly Springs.
The recruits were pulled from the classroom to receive training to help them with their firefighting skills. The recruits were divided into three different groups that went through 3 scenarios about rope skills, fire extinguishers and quick dress.
In the ropes course, the recruits learned about ropes and knots and how to use them in the fire service. They went through exercises to learn about different types of knots and how to properly hoist tools to an upper level at the center’s training tower.
The firefighter recruits also learned about fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers can be pulled from the fire truck to take care of smaller fires like vehicle, appliance or electrical fires. The recruits were taught about the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them properly to extinguish the fire. Each recruit had hands-on experience of using an extinguisher to put out a live fire.
In the quick dress exercise, Cherokee County firefighters taught the recruits about the correct procedure on putting on their turnout gear when a fire call goes out. Firefighter turn-out gear is the gear that firefighters wear in emergency situations on the job. The recruits went through extensive training as to the order of putting on their gear. Each recruit went through timed exercises to see how quickly they could put their gear on and were required to put it on in less than 2 minutes. Quick dress is a necessity of the fire service simply because firefighters need to get to an emergency call as quickly as they can. Time is of the essence in any emergency situation for firefighters.