On Wednesday, May 9th Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 4 and an engine from Grand Teton National Park conducted fire training scenarios at a structure scheduled for demolition in East Jackson. Neighbors watched excitedly as firefighters practiced their life saving skills. When a structure fire occurs in the Moran, WY area, both firefighters from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 4 and Grand Teton National Park will respond. Firefighters have to train together in order to coordinate their response when lives are involved and seconds matter.
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS members are always on the lookout for opportunities to train. Acquired structures in the community are an excellent way to create training scenarios to teach newer firefighters and put skills to the test. Although Jackson Hole Fire/EMS does not burn structures for training, theatrical smoke can be utilized to simulate low visibility for firefighters to search a residence for possible victims, practice hose handling skills, perform rescues, and many more fire ground operations. Brian Coe, Battalion Chief of Training says, "Training in structures that our firefighters have never been in before is realistic and increases our ability to do our jobs when the next structure fire occurs". Jackson Hole Fire/EMS thanks James and Lindsay Wilcox for allowing our firefighters to utilize their structure prior to demolition.