Local Firefighters Face Intense Training

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

More than 100 firefighters were killed in the United States last year. In Tallahassee, firefighters are stepping up their training when it comes to battling a blaze.

Firefighters only have seconds to make a decision that could ultimately cost their life.

"Things go wrong at the fire grounds. We want to give them the tools, that if something does go wrong, if they are in a bad situation, they have the knowledge and experience, along with the training and equipment, to get them out," said Wes Roberts, Battalion Chief of the Tallahassee Fire Department.

These Tallahassee firefighters are thrown into three different life threatening scenarios during their week long survivability training.

The Chief says the intense training is acting as an eye opener to the firefighters.

"With being a real situation like that you can look back on it because it becomes second nature to you instead of having to work your way through instead of just reading it before you actually do it, now you can calm yourself down feel around and find your way out," said Mike Anderson, a Tallahassee firefighter.

Invaluable lessons that make this training so important to these firefighters, their families, and the communities they protect and serve.

"You never want to be put in that situation that someone has to go explain to your wife, mother or father that your son, dad or husband has been killed in a fire, you want to be prepared for any situation you get put in," said Lee Rutledge, a Tallahassee firefighter.

This is the first time the department has participated in this week long training. More than 200 men and women went through the course.

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