TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A Tippecanoe County volunteer fire department got some hands-on safety and survival training Monday evening.
Firefighters with the Wea Township department practiced two different scenarios, including finding an injured firefighter who was trapped inside a structure.
Assistant Chief Patrick Harper said these types of practice situations help firefighters develop motor and muscle skills they will turn to in a real emergency. Also fresh in their minds is Steve Smith, a Wea volunteer who was killed in June 2006 when a floor collapsed during a fire.
"Steve is always in our minds and whatever we can do to train our firefighters to have the skills that if they find themselves on a collapsed floor, lost somewhere, or in some kind of trapped situation that they can go back to the training they received tonight," Harper said.
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