Fire departments up training

TUPELO – Firemen and the public will benefit from a week of training for first responders.
Tupelo, New Albany and Sherman’s firefighters are participating in an FBI explosives recognition class and a rope rescue training course this week.
Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker said firemen’s training is the cornerstone of helping to save lives while making sure theirs are safe as well.
“We have to constantly train our guys so they can keep up with new trends and new equipment,” said Walker. “The explosive recognition training is very needed in today’s world. We may respond to an accident at a meth lab and the person may have put out traps to keep police from getting in. Well, that trap doesn’t know a firemen coming to help from anyone else. So we need to know how to actually look at things and know something isn’t right.”
FBI special agent and bomb technician Chuck Boling administered the explosive class.
“This type of training can save the lives of firemen and other people,” said Boling. “It’s just very important for firemen, because they are usually first on the scene. So they need to able to know when they are in danger so they can alert the police and people who deal with these types of devices. This training is more for safety than anything else.”
The rope rescue training is a more hands-on type training where firemen learn to use new equipment and to tie different types of knots in ropes that will help them in a wide range of situations.
Because the Tupelo Fire Department will serve as one of the mutual aid agencies for the Toyota plant, training officer Romeco Traylor said making sure rescuers are well-trained on ropes and pulley systems is crucial.
“We use ropes for everything from hoisting tools, to high angle rescues,” said Traylor. “After this training all of the firemen will have had this training, which really makes things a lot safer for everyone.”
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