Jerome Fire Department To Keep Training Local


By KMVT News

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) For firefighters in the Magic Valley to receive certification training, it requires a trip to either Pocatello or the Boise area.

The City of Jerome’s Fire Department is working to keep its training local by building its very own live fire training facility.

"Been working on it for about two years now. It's kind of an ongoing process. It's something that we are going to be able to use for state certification training," explains Lt. Lane Sickles, Jerome Fire Department.

The facility will not just be used for certifications, but it will become an ongoing training for all employees.

"It helps our new employees get some experience in fire; it allows them to meet all the requirements for certification," says Jerome Deputy Fire Chief Jeremy Presnell.

"We will be able to conduct live burns, both upstairs and downstairs to simulate basements or multi-story house fires, and we'll be able to do ventilation on multiple angles and multiple pitches of roofs," adds Sickles.

"Even our experienced guys, it helps them maintain their competencies, helps build their confidence so we are ready to go into any situation when we get called," Presnell says.

By training in a facility such as this, firefighters have the chance to work in conditions they may not see on a regular basis.

"It allows us to kind of see how the smoke reacts inside a room. You're able to see the layering, the heat layering, and then what water will actually cool a room down real quick that you wouldn't necessarily notice on an actual fire, because you would be kind of busy trying to fight the fire. So it just gives us a little time to play around and show how fire reacts to water and how a room is cooled quick," Presnell explains.

Once the facility is complete, more local agencies may benefit from it.

"We're hoping that we will be able to expand the use of it valley-wide and have other departments come train and get state certified," Sickles says.

The Jerome City Fire Department hopes to have the training facility 100 percent complete within a year.

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