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Lester Prairie firefighters train for all situations
Sept. 1, 2014

By Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie firefighters hope they don’t have to respond to a vehicle that is engulfed in flames, but they train for these events so they are prepared if they do.

Recently, members of the Lester Prairie Fire Department participated in a car fire training exercise provided by Customized Fire Training Inc. of Maple Lake.

Lester Prairie Fire Chief Jim Hoof said the vehicle used in the training is a gutted Ford passenger vehicle.

The fire is fed by propane gas, and simulates a fully-involved vehicle fire.

The training session provides the fundamentals of doing a safe attack on a vehicle, while having the presence of a working car fire, Hoof explained.

The training starts with about three-quarters-of-an-hour of classroom time, and then moves out to the simulator.

According to Hoof, the training involves actual response, scene safety, incident size-up, and correct responding unit set-up on scene. It stresses command set-up and communication to responding units.

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