Lafayette and West Lafayette Fire Departments join in new training program

The new training program will test their high-rise emergency response skills.

Posted: May 7, 2019 7:02 PM
Updated: May 8, 2019 12:05 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette and West Lafayette Fire Departments' new training program will test their high-rise emergency response skills.

According to Deputy Chief Jeff Need, plans for such a training program have been in the works for a while. But he said there hasn't been a better time for training than now.

"Lafayette and West Lafayette and really the county in general is expanding. Obviously we have structures going taller in West Lafayette than we've ever had,” said Need.

The new program started Tuesday.

Drills use simulated smoke and fire to create real world scenarios. Firefighters will also practice rescuing victims trapped inside the structures.
Need said all these elements add to the difficulty of a high-rise rescue.

"In a high-rise you know you're not just taking a hose from outside that's hooked to the firetruck,” said Need.

Assistant Chief of Training Chris Gorbett hopes the new program will help everyone understand how both departments work.

"Lafayette now is getting familiar with West Lafayette, West Lafayette with Lafayette. Radio traffic, stuff like that. Communication on both ends and hopefully building friendships,” said Gorbett.

Need added that the communication will be vital in the field.

"At the end of the day when there is a major incident and multiple fire departments show up, however is calling for 911, calling for help, they really don't care what's written on the outside of that firetruck. They want able-bodied people who are able to work together to solve the problem. And that's what we're here for,” said Need.

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