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.