Rockport firefighters battle practice blaze to hone fire attack skills
Rockport — One of the most dangerous aspects of firefighting is the interior attack and members of Rockport Fire Department got to see firsthand how difficult, hot, smoky and disorienting it can be during training April 13.
A private residence located at 457 West St. was donated to the fire department for training purposes and was set ablaze at approximately 8 a.m.
According to Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley, training began with situational burns to allow firefighters to practice the proper protocols for dealing with fire under certain situations and then the fire was allowed to grow so exterior fire attack could be practiced as well.
“We had 29 out of 33 firefighters attend training, which is a really good turnout,” Peasley said. “Absolutely great training, all of our SCBA [Self Contained Breathing Apparatus] guys got a chance to go in and knockdown the fire and experiences the flames, the heat and the smoke.”
Peasley said he also felt the training was very helpful to his junior firefighters, four out of the five of whom got a chance to participate under the guidance of the assistant chief.
“Overall an absolutely great training experience for everyone,” he said. “This is exactly what we need to help keep everyone current on new fire attack protocol and to keep their current skill set tuned in.”
Peasley also acknowledged Lincolnville Fire Department for the aid of Assistant Chief Mike Eugley and a tanker truck to supply water for the exercise as well as North East Mobile Health Services for supplying medical coverage
“We [Rockport Fire Department] like to work closely with area fire departments and EMS, and anytime we can help each other out during training, it benefits all of us,” he said.