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TRAINING

 
Training is an integral part of the Fire Patrol. With the ever-changing technology, improved business machines, computers and manufacturing equipment as well as the high value contents of numerous museums, stores and residences in the City of New York, it is important that members be knowledgeable about modern salvage techniques.

Saturdays and Sundays are the regularly scheduled training days. Company officers conduct drills on the various types of cover throws, the use of dewatering pumps, forcible entry, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), safe emergency vehicle operation and general safety both in the firehouse and on the fire ground. Fire Patrol officers are encouraged to take the opportunity, when in the field, to conduct impromptu trainings. A barn, which once housed the horses of Fire Patrol #1 in the late 1800’s, is in the process of being turned into a training facility. Members of all three Fire Patrol companies will be able to use the facility in order to better simulate fire or water emergency scenarios. Small rooms with furniture will allow the members to practice cover throw techniques. The practice of changing sprinkler heads and restoring sprinkler systems will be accomplished using a small system to be installed in the barn. In addition, a non-toxic smoke machine will enable the officers and men to practice negotiating and evacuating a smoke filled environment using their SCBA.

 
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