K2 Trains with Firefighters

Casper, Wyoming - Firefighters are a common sight here in the Oil City, from Natrona County, to Mills. Each department must go through training to ensure they are able to fight fires efficiently and as safe as possible.

Fire fighting, to some, is a job but to others a calling. However procedures remain the same. The Casper Fire Department has a key job here in the Oil City. Keeping people safe.

All that fighting and saving, can't come without training. K2 joined up with firefighters to find out what it takes to start on the fire fighting path.

“We have to constantly be working on the things and working on the types of skills that we're going to need to deliver our service,” said Capt. Pat Mcjunkin with the Casper Fire Department.

I was put through a test of endurance and strength that emergency crews may deal with in any situation. The training course, designed by firefighters for firefighters highlights the skills that they need to be efficient. From moving hoses to carrying people to safety.

“The whole course is setup to mimic what we do in a structure fire environment. Each evolution, we got the keizer sled with the forcible entry. There's stairs in just about every building you go in and we move a lot of heavy gear,” said Jeremy Bledsoe, an engineer with the Casper Fire Department

To start the course was a hose carry. Up 5 flights. Firefighters tell me that the best thing to do is take your time. And at the top, already physically draining.

Once at the top, I had to pull another hose, up 50 feet. Just tacking on to the physical demand.

On the ground. More hose work, as it needed to be moved into range to be useful. A task itself. Not only is it heavy, but control of the hose is important. Which I did not have.

Finally, the last task. Moving a person to safety, not as easy as it sounds. After 100 feet, fatigue set in, but the course was completed.

“The trick to get through it is technique. It’s physical conditioning and having the right technique to get by each individual event but I wouldn't say one is any harder than the other,” said Bledsoe

Firefighters go through rigorous training to make sure they can keep Casper and every else safe.