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Recruit Training (October 25, 2004)

Photos By Michael Cossey

2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Austin Woody and Adam Swalls bleed air out of their hose lines before beginning live fire training at the burn bunker.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Scott Eaton and Shane Holmes don the masks of their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in preparation for entering the burn bunker. The SCBA units provide firefighters with approximately 20-30 minutes of clean breathing air for use in hazardous environments.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Austin Woody (with nozzle) and Josh Woods wait for the go-ahead to enter the burn bunker, locate the fire and extinguish it. Additional firefighters will operate a rescue hose and be ready to act in case of an emergency during training.

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2004 Rookie Training

Engineer Perry Hopman (right) gives instructions to Firefighters Austin Woody (with nozzle) and Josh Woods before entering the burn bunker. At left, Firefighter Adam Swalls dons the final pieces of his protective equipment so that he can join the others inside the bunker.

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2004 Rookie Training

The job of a firefighter isn't always glorious. Firefighter Josh Woods rolls
up hose after the live fire training is complete.

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2004 Rookie Training
Chief Glenn refreshes the firefighters on the basics of nozzles used to fight fire. Maumelle firefighters carry two types of nozzles -- smooth bore and fog. A fog nozzle creates a stream of broken water droplets that convert to steam to extinguish fires. A smooth bore nozzle provides a solid stream of water to allow for better penetration.

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2004 Rookie Training
Chief Glenn offers tips to the firefighters on how to operate a large hose line (the hose they are operating is 2.5" in diameter) and advance it while crawling on their knees.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters Austin Woody and Shane Holmes operate a 2.5" hose line with a smoothbore tip using techniques learned during the training session.

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2004 Rookie Training
Firefighters experienced flowing water through the 2.5" hose line at different water pressures and while using multiple nozzle tips to get first-hand knowledge of their differences.
  

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