K2 Trains with Firefighters Pt. 2

Casper, Wyoming - A couple weeks ago, K2 got to train with firefighters from Casper Fire Department. The training used small events to showcase the things that a firefighter might see in any situation. This week K2's hit the training facility again to learn a little bit about structure fires.

Earlier this month I joined the Casper Fire Department to get a sense of the job. Needless to say, it was tough. A number of separate events kept me on my toes.

Bringing a hoses up 5 stories, using a hose, and bringing a person to safety. This week was a new challenge. A structure fire situation. A building at the training facility is utilized to simulate a structure fire. From the beginning, it was all business.

“That's the interesting thing about working in the fire service is that it’s very dynamic. There is no such thing as a typical day,” said Capt. Pat Mcjunkin with the Casper Fire Department. “We like to describe things like 'ya know this the typical day of a firefighter’ but there really is no such thing.”

In full gear, it’s almost a ballet to get out of the truck. The air tank just adding to the dance.

“The captain normally lays down kinda what he wants us to do onscene. He's already, as he's pulling in, doing a size up. Seeing how much smoke, what's it doing what size of line he wants,” said Dan Bush, firefighter with the Casper Fire Department.

The lines, colloquial for hoses, were pulled out and the water turned on. The hoses turning into worms while being pressurized.

At the time to enter the building, firefighters say that they stay low and close to the ground. The temperatures at that height can reach upwards to 500 degrees.

“Do a little peak, we always want to control the door because oxygen going in affects the fire,” said McJunkin during the training session.

“The lower we can get, the less heat we take. As you could see with the gear you were wearing how hot it is. It protects us from the heat but our bodies also generate heat,” said Bush.

Getting anyone out of the building is a top priority, one trick, they say, is to keep the hose between your feet. Making it easier to find your way out of the blaze.

“When you hit the real thing, not knowing, you got different weather conditions. winds. If it started in a different area of the house, it can expand, it can spread very rapidly,” said Bush. “You may not realize how quickly your surroundings are changing and where you're actually going.”