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December 2013

OPSU Students Receive Live Fire Training

OPSU students at live fire training.

OPSU fire protection safety training program students along with the emergency medical technology students received live fire training on Oct. 8 at the Guymon Fire Department's training tower.

The smell of smoke is the first thing that grabs the attention of OPSU's fire protection safety training program students when approaching the Guymon Fire Department's training tower during the live fire training on Oct. 8. Donning school sponsored bunker gear, the interns got to test their courage and practice what text books have no way of teaching.

Adrenalin is just the byproduct of what these young men have running through their veins caused by fear and excitement. Their eyes shine with determination. Their faces, barely old enough to grow hair, gleam with sweat and soot.

During live fire training, Guymon Fire Department firefighters practice mayday training, proper use of PPE and SCBA, general fire and smoke behaviors, catching a hydrant, hose deployment, line placement, incident command, search and rescue, fire extinguishment and correct nozzle application. These men are the future of the fire service. Interns are Carson Kane (Guymon), Noe Santillan (Guymon), Jarod Loftis (Boise City), Zachary Gregory (Thomas), David Morris (Corpus Christi, Texas), Dalton Bebout (Purcell), Caleb Mihelic (Goodwell), Alex Tuttle (Comanche).

Second-year intern, Dalton Bebout, said, "We are blessed to be able to get practice in a controlled environment. It's safer and they can teach us a lot more. Not many departments have this opportunity."

Along with the live fire training, OPSU emergency medical technology students got some of the action. In order to protect firefighters from the dangers of this type of training, rehab is mandatory for all participants. When exiting the training tower fire, firefighters are directed to emergency medical personnel to get a checkup and continue to be monitored if vitals are outside of normal range. Strenuous physical activity with 50 pounds of gear in a fire tends to spike baseline vitals, so EMT students have to be quick thinking. Students quickly learned staging an ambulance, patient assessment, immobilizing a patient, proper patient loading in an ambulance, and transport operations.

These students remained calm under the pressure of the scene, which in a real-world situation, can be chaotic at best. The EMT students were eager to help, quick to learn, and professional with patients. Once they burned through the fear of patient contact, their confidence took over and they provided excellent patient care. EMT students are Kayla Harris (Guymon), Kei Harris (Avondale, Ariz.), Brandi Mueller (Guymon), DeVeonna Munson (Seattle, Wash.), Juan Ramirez (Huntington Park, Calif.), and Victor Saucedo (Boise City).

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