News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, May 25, 2012
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Save yourself so you can help save others.That's what firefighters from across the area spent this Friday training to do.
Mayday calls rang out through the radios as firefighters got trapped in some very critical situations.
"One of the things we wanna get from this class is if firefighters are put into a critical situation that they do have the tools in their memory bank that will hopefully get them out of that situation and send them home to their family the next day," said Battalion Chief Brent Willis.
In this case, it is just a class, but you never know when these scenarios may turn into a scary reality.
"We always train to rescue people, when we get our selves in trouble, we're in a critical situation and these are skills that are a last-ditch effort, but hopefully they'll be the ones that will make a difference in saving their life, should something happen," Willis said.
Firefighters from Columbia County, McDuffie County, Harlem, Thomson and more spent the day training for situations they hope they never have to face. Throughout the day they faced nine different scenarios.
"The class went well," said McDuffie County firefighter Jamarius Tate. "It drove me and pushed me to my limits, it made me over come fears, it made me take chances, it taught me a lot about how to save myself to save others."
Saving themselves in situations where they encounter small spaces, collapsing floors and exiting through second-story windows. This is the first time they've had a whole training class solely dedicated to self and team survival.
"When the public needs help they expect the best we can give and today is just a way of refining the skills to give the best we can," said assistant instructor David Bullard.