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Inside HFD’s Training Center

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This weekend more than twenty Hopkinton firefighters attended the department’s annual training at the Chief Roger G. Belhumeur Regional Training Facility in Auburn.

Chief Gary Daugherty, Jr. said the department performs drills such as handline advancement, search and rescue, and forceable entry throughout the year, but this annual training is a time to “put it all together”.

The department focused on those common drills, as well as a coordinated fire attack during this year’s training.

Daugherty also said the training afforded the department the opportunity to use their two new fire trucks and Airpacks before field use.

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Firefighter Conor Sayles said the annual training is about “getting our reps in” and practicing different scenarios and gaining experience.

“This is where we have an opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them,” Sayles said.

Lieutenant John Krauss said this training is not something often utilized in the field.

“Nationally, fires are down. So training under these conditions ensures that our team maintains vital skills,” Krauss said.

Engine 1’s crew is masking up while Engine 2’s crew is stretching their line.
Auburn Firefighter Soja describes how the burn manager works.
Auburn Firefighter Soja describes how the burn manager works.
A burn manger is a device that holds three pallets and straw. Once lit, it simulates household items for the crews to extinguish.
A burn manger is a device that holds three pallets and straw. Once lit, it simulates household items for the crews to extinguish.
An old stove is used to help simulate kitchen fires.
An old stove is used to help simulate kitchen fires.
This prop makes a firefighter crawl through a small opening. It helps build confidence while working in tight spaces and teaches them to don and duff their SCBA’s (sell-contained breathing apparatus) in a hazardous environment, without removing their mask.
An Entanglement Prop. This device replicates a common hazards firefighters encounter when a ceiling collapses, exposing all the wires. It teaches firefighters how to disentangle themselves from the wires.
An Entanglement Prop. This device replicates a common hazards firefighters encounter when a ceiling collapses, exposing all the wires. It teaches firefighters how to disentangle themselves from the wires.

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