COLUMBIA — Firefighters from across Columbia began their first night-shift training of the year Thursday night at the Columbia Fire Training Academy. The training consisted of three different stations: a propane fire on the side of a house, an automobile fire and an automobile stabilization station.
"We added the vehicle stabilization station to the night training because most car accidents happen at night," said Eric Hartman, a captain with the Columbia Fire Department. "We need to be proficient using this equipment in the night hours."
Night training takes place three times a year. The Columbia Fire Training Academy schedules each fireman nine hours of night training a year to guarantee that the time requirement of six hours gets met. Training takes place during the months of March, April and October.