The latest class of Cherokee County Fire Recruits went through a real-to-life scenario today at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center located off old Highway 5, just south of Holly Springs.
According to Jim Laughlin, Lead Instructor at the Fire Training Center, “We are staging inside one of the bays at the training center and we are hanging out in one of the offices when a tone drops telling us that there is a fire at a commercial building. The recruits run and jump in their gear, get on the engine and respond to the fire. Once we arrive, we start to set up and begin to pull hose lines. We hook hoses to the hydrant and get water to the pump on the fire truck. The recruits have to force the door to get into the building to search for a man who is inside with a baby. The recruits have to put out the fire and find the persons trapped on the second floor.”
The recruits are being tested on the skills that they have learned during the past few weeks in recruit school. Once the recruits go through the scenario, they sit down with the instructor who goes over what they should or should not have done on the call.
This is the 15th week of 18 weeks that the recruits have to go through their fire training. Laughlin said that once the recruits finish, they will go directly to school to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The graduation for this class of recruits will be on November 1st.