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Recruit Training (October 25, 2004)

Photos By Michael Cossey

2004 Rookie Training
Engineer Perry Hopman and Volunteer Engineer Larry Pruss connect hard suction hose to Truck 1. The burn bunker used by Maumelle Fire-Rescue for live fire training is located in Lake Willastein Regional Park, which has no fire hydrants. Therefore, firefighters must draft water from the lake to supply their hose lines.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Austin Woody, Shane Holmes & Adam Swalls dress in what is commonly referred to as bunker gear. The complete ensemble of protective equipment includes boots, pants, coat, gloves, hood, helmet and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Woody & Holmes don their protective coats as well as the black hoods used to protect their ears, face and neck. This gear does not make firefighters fire-proof, but offers fire resistance and insulates them so that they can operate in higher temperatures.

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2004 Rookie Training

Firefighter Josh Woods straps his helmet into place before entering the
bunker with his partner for a search & rescue drill.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Josh Woods (left) and Austin Woody prepare to follow Fire Chief George Glenn into the bunker for a search and rescue drill. Once inside the bunker, visibility is low and firefighters must practice searching for victims with their hands and by using tools.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters (from left) Scott Eaton, Shane Holmes and Adam Swalls enter the bunker for a search and rescue drill. This training prepares them for real life situations where they will have to navigate structures in limited visibility using their hands and tools while searching for possible victims.

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2004 Rookie Training
Even before the burning pile of wooden pallets grows into a larger fire, it begins to produce smoke. The smoke will first rise to the ceiling level before banking down towards the floor. During real fires, smoke and toxic gases claim more victims than actual flames.

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2004 Rookie Training
As the fire grows, the smoke fills the upper levels of the burn bunker and rolls over the heads of the firefighters. Before the crews re-entered the bunker with hose lines to extinguish the fire, the smoke level had reached just a few feet off the floor.

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2004 Rookie Training
While waiting for the fire to grow and heat up inside the bunker, Chief Glenn provides last minute instructions to the firefighters.
  

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