University of Connecticut firefighters from the Health Center and main campus in Storrs recently took part in a live burn training exercise at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.
Live burn training is an annual exercise required by OSHA that all firefighters must go through in order to refresh skills in fire suppression, search and rescue, ventilation, and rapid intervention. While the firefighters perform these exercises individually throughout the year, this event allows them to incorporate all these skills during a realistic scenario under live fire conditions.
“The exercise is important for a couple of reasons,” says Health Center Fire Chief James Brown. “Since Health Center fire personnel are rarely exposed to any fire on campus, it is an opportunity to do some actual firefighting. It also gives the personnel an opportunity to interact and network with some other firefighters.”
The all-day event involved approximately 30 personnel, including 10 from the Health Center.