MFRD Participated in Valuable Training
19 members of the Murphy Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) participated in training sessions held at 141 N. Murphy Road in late September. Lieutenant Drex Dorman was the training officer during this training session and the safety officer during the training held in March at 210 E EM 544. Dorman explained the difference between the two training sessions, “This time we could not breach walls or ventilate the roof as the electrical meter was still active and could be dangerous. Also the structure was smaller and we decided that conducting multiple agency drills would be difficult.”
As the only agency training at this time, Dorman said, “One of the main benefits to training with only our crews is that we can really focus on training our rookies and newer members. Training like this is where we want to make mistakes and learn from them.” Each MFRD shift participated in the training.
As with the training they underwent in March, members of MFRD were able to practice mayday rescues in zero visibility, find the victim and rescue the downed firefighter all in a real life environment with little to no visibility. Utilization of primary and secondary search was utilized. Dorman said, “Primary search is rapid and used to locate savable lives then remove them from harm. Secondary search is slower and more methodical. This is used for recovery.”
Taking advantage of two garages on property, training participants practiced using the K-12 saw to cut through the doors. Dorman said, “A lot of this type of training is reinforcing our skills and fighting off the rust. We did experiment on the wooden garage door and tried to find the best way to defeat it. Often times, learning what not to do can be as helpful as learning what to do.” During the training Dorman said, “We have the luxury of finding out how a metal and wood door reacts to the K-12.”
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