Our Fire Department Training Facility was given to the Fire Department by the Town in 2002 for default of tax payments. Since that time period, Firefighters have given countless hours of donated time, materials and hard work in transforming the dilapidated buildings and grounds into a very functional and realistic Training Center. It is fair to say that the development of a training site is probably the biggest advance a Fire Department can make in moving their Department to the highest level. Our facility is critical in developing both new and veteran Firefighters skills. We have the ability to practice realistic training scenarios multiple times, over and over again, well before Firefighters may encounter a particular situation in real life. Imagine being able to practice a realistic MVA using the Jaws of Life ten times, before using them at the real thing. This provides the best possible quality of fire service to our residents, hands down!
Our Training Center now consists of three main training buildings. One building is dedicated to search and rescue with individualized movable compartmental walls. These walls can be changed around each time a group of Firefighters enter the building, providing a different realistic scenario each time. The building has a built in fire alarm system and smoke machine providing a loud, confusing, smoke filled environment while Firefighters practice search and rescue techniques.
The second building on our site is our custom-built maze building. This building, schedule for a rehab this summer, houses a custom designed maze prop allowing Firefighters to practice very, very confined sear,self-escape and Rapid Intervention scenarios. The maze can be easily changed around each time a group of Firefighters performs a search, so no two scenarios are the same.
Last year, with the help of retired Firefighter Gary Weston, our Team recently installed a fire hydrant system, consisting of two connected fire hydrants approximately 300 feet apart, separated from each other by a stockade fence. This training prop allows Firefighters to practice hooking up to a fire hydrant and pumping or receiving water from another fire engine. The fence in the middle keeps crews form seeing what the other engine company is doing and teaching proper communications is a must.
The largest part of our Training Facility is the training grounds. On this one-acre area, Firefighters routinely practice MVA scenarios, utilizing the Jaws of Life, Rescue Jacks, Saws alls, and Vehicle Stabilization. It is not uncommon to see multiple crushed vehicles in this area, each month in preparations for a particular Company’s MVA drill.
Our newest Training endeavor is our dumpster fire prop. The dumpster was donated by Lieutenant Mark Moran and customized for live fire burns by Deputy Germaine and Chief Weston. Firefighters now get a chance to practice live fire scenarios using water, foam, pump skills and teamwork to extinguishing dumpster fires.
Our Training Facility, although not the most modern facility, has been built with “PRIDE” and is used continually each week by our three Fire Company’s. We have also opened our doors to other Fire Departments that use the facility on a regular basis. This includes Plymouth Fire, Onset Fire, Wareham Fire, Plympton Fire, Hanover Fire, West Barnstable Fire, and the Plymouth County Rescue Training Association.
Our new Maze Building is almost COMPLETE!