Two fire crews train together
Firefighters learn to deal with situations in trenches
Saturday, June 07, 2014 12:00 AM
MARINETTE — The firefighters from the Menominee and Marinette departments finished the annual round of training for situations in enclosed spaces and trenches early Friday.
“It’s great when we can get everyone together and work as a team,” Marinette Assistant Chief Jay Heckel said. “Nobody got hurt, which is always a good thing, and everyone gained some kind of knowledge and a new skill set.”
The training, which took place on Cleveland Avenue Thursday and Friday, included rescue from spaces that aren’t meant to hold a human body — such as tanks, cylinders and other vessels — and from collapsed trenches — such as for sewage line repairs.
“It’s a real confidence booster especially with something you don’t do very often,” Heckel said.
The training went well, he added, even with a few difficulties during the training in trenches. The ground still held water and made the trench in which they were training unstable.
“It was good that they had this real world situation and that there were instructors there to help them through it,” Heckel said.
He continued, saying he thought it was important that the fire departments from the cities of Menominee and Marinette continue to train together and continue building their working relationship.
“We utilize each other in emergencies with the automatic aid system,” he said.
The training cost about $3,700, but was funded through the state. In fact, due to problems with funding, Heckel said the training had been delayed from its usual schedule in April.
Also because of the delay, the firefighters employed a different set of instructors than normal. Heckel said that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“It’s nice to bring in a different group of instructors and get a different perspective on the training,” he said. “They did a good job.”
Heckel wasn’t the only one who felt the training went well.
“I am one of the newer members of the group and I felt the training went well,” said Marinette firefighter Mark Diercks. “I felt I learned a lot.”
He went on to say that the specialized training was much more technical than any basic firefighters’ training.
“We now have the potential to go all over the state with this knowledge,” he added.