Eastern Kentucky Firefighters Training For Disaster

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

They run into a building burning at 1100°F, but when they step outside the inferno, there's no relief.

On Sunday, eastern Kentucky firefighters in Corbin trained for disaster.

If a fire started in your home, it could quickly be engulfed in flames. If one of your loved ones was in this burning, you would rely on firefighters to get them out.

“That’s why we train, helps us on days like today, really warm days, deal with the heat and all the weather factors we have to deal with,” says Chance McPeek, a firefighter.

Firefighters go into burning buildings like this one all the time but they're only able to do so if they know how to deal with and protect themselves from the elements.

Layered in heavy fire-proof clothing, loaded down with gear, and sent into a burning building; firefighters have to be able to handle a lot, in order to manage the situation.

“The biggest problem is heat exhaustion, dehydration. That's why we come out and take breaks very rapidly. Especially on days like today when the heats so high you got to make sure you keep water in everyone, make sure they stay hydrated and stay cooled down,” says McPeek.

Alley says when firefighters get over heated, it can seriously affect the decisions they make.

“We got some firefighters that they'll push as hard as they can push, and they don't know their own limits. Once there inside there at 2 or 3 o’ clock in the morning in a regular house fire, there's nobody there to get them out, only their partner,” says Larrel Alley, Captain of the Lexington Fire Department.

That's why practicing on controlled fires like this can help firefighters to know their limits.

“You got to know what you're doing to protect yourself before you protect somebody else. We always got a saying, ‘Go in, you got to come out. You're number one’,” says McPeek.

When firefighters put themselves in dangerous situations to help others, they still have to remember they can only save lives if they take the pre-cautions to keep themselves alive.

Alley says the controlled house fire was over-seen by state fire rescue trainers.

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