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Fire training in Toronto includes area departments

February 27, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The city fire department and volunteers joined several other area departments for a weekend of training to better learn how to save their own during an emergency as well as other firefighting techniques.

Firefighters practiced Rapid Intervention Training, ventilation and search-and-rescue techniques on Feb. 4-5, according to Toronto fire Chief Frank McEwen.

"We held the training at a vacant structure at 708 Clark St.," said McEwen. "We had firefighters from Pottery Addition, Pleasant Hill, Brilliant, Toronto and Mingo Junction.

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TRAINING SESSION — Firefighters from Toronto, Pottery Addition, Pleasant Hill, Brilliant and Mingo Junction trained in Toronto on Feb. 4-5 in Rapid Intervention Training, ventilation and search and rescue. The two-day training will help firefighters rescue their own during an emergency as well as fight structure fires, according to Toronto fire Chief Frank McEwen. -- Mark Miller

"The instructor gave verbal instruction, and the firefighters engaged in a hands-on demonstration in the proper techniques for ventilation of smoke from structures," continued McEwen. They were on the roof cutting a hole to vent gases and heat from the structure. There are various ways of (venting gases). The (technique) practiced during the demonstration was the old standard."

Firefighters also learned new techniques for search and rescue, McEwen said.

"There is a new search-and-rescue system," said the chief. "It's called 'Vent, Enter and Search.' It requires a different training than most techniques. It's more dangerous for the firefighter."

The intervention training is "specifically used for firefighter rescue should something happen to the firefighter," McEwen said. "We have most of our firefighters trained in RIT."

McEwen added training for RIT is required.

"The National Fire Protection Association has a standard that says (all departments) have a RIT team available on all fires."

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