Fire crews risk their lives to save yours. Now, some new training could help mason city firefighters sharpen their skills when it comes to rescuing someone trapped in a burning building.
This week, firefighters are utililizing a simulation trailer provided by the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau for search and rescue drills. The course inside the trailer can be modified like a maze, complete with ramps and stairs, and the levels of simulated smoke can be adjusted. Using a self-contained breathing apparatus, thermal imaging cameras and other equipment, firefighters are tasked with finding a trapped victim while crawling through the maze in smoky conditions, with a rope and hose attached.
Firefighter Scott Kreitzer has been part of the squad for roughly 17 years, and took part in the training.