Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 18, 2012

Local firefighters take part in fire training with mobile simulator

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Centerville Fire Department and other firefighter personnel took part in training in the Lee Container parking lot the weekend of Oct. 6.

Besides Centerville, fire departments from Mystic, Moulton, Moravia and Seymour participated.

The $1 million mobile burn trailer was brought in by Fire Service Training Bureau in Ames. The burn trailer is a self-contained fire training unit where firefighters are critiqued by instructors on their effectiveness to deal with multiple fires on two different levels.

"They have to come in and fight fires on the first floor and then they have to advance to the second floor and fight fires up there," Centerville Fire Department Capt. Vern Milburn said. "And then advance back down the stairs and back out."

The trailer simulates the conditions firefighters will encounter in an actual interior structure fire.

Completion of this training meets the requirements for firefighter I certification.