Night-training shifts resume at Columbia Fire Training Academy

Thursday, March 19, 2009 | 9:55 p.m. CDT; updated 11:23 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 19, 2009
Columbia firefighters extinguish fires in the trunk, cabin and engine of a car as part of the year's first night-training session on Thursday. Firefighters first directed the fire away from the front of the engine block in order to prop open the hood and cool off the engine.

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."


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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.

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