Area firefighters train at Linton FD

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Some Linton firefighters are upgrading their training and helping other firefighters do the same.

Doug Hall, Richie Budd and Gary Tannehill are taking Firefighter I & II training this summer, which will allow them to continue with advanced classes to become an instructor, inspector or investigator. Other advanced training they'll be able to take after completion of their current training includes airport firefighter, aircraft crash and rescue, wildland fire apparatus, hazardous materials operations, motor sports, public information officer, rope rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, and others.

"All of the classes are certified by the state," said Chip Dudley, chief of the Carlisle-Haddon Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Dudley is one of the instructors for the current Firefighter I & II course, along with LFD Chief Lonnie Eberhart, LFD firefighters Brad Sparks and Opie Wall, and former LFD firefighter Tommy Wall.

"Everything used on a fire scene will be covered in this course," Sparks said.

Eighteen course sessions cover topics such as fire behavior, building construction, firefighter personal protection equipment, forcible entry, rescue and extraction, fire prevention and public fire education, and fire department communications.

"They have to complete practical tests after each chapter," Sparks said.

He explained that some might be hands-on demonstrations, such as how to apply a nozzle or how to feed a hose up a stairway. Other tests might require a verbal explanation of something like what a specific fitting on a fire truck is used for or how communication works.

"Some they do by themselves, and some are a team effort," Sparks said.

He said classes are kept fairly small to make them more manageable. Participants in this summer's course come from Carlisle and Dugger.

Sparks and Dudley said it's beneficial to all departments involved to be able to share instructors and facilities.

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