CRTC trains local firefighters on new technique

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Some South Mississippi firefighters are learning one of the latest approaches in trying to save lives thanks to the Air National Guard Base in Gulfport.

The Combat Readiness Training Center Fire Department is conducting on-going training for the Harrison County Fire Service at the base’s live fire training site.

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CRTC firefighters are showing county firefighters a new technique that fire departments across the country are adopting called transitional fire attack.

In transitional fire attack, the firefighters who are first on scene immediately start spraying water on the outside of a structure.

The responders who arrive subsequently make entry. Gulfport CRTC Fire Department Assistant Chief Rusty Shoultz said, “Personnel are limited. They arrive at different times versus the city. It’s very important to very quickly get the water from the truck onto the fire and stop the fire from growing and that helps with other people arriving later who can go inside and put the fire all the way out.”


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Harrison County firefighter Lavonda Aldridge said, “It’s been humbling. It’s been a challenge, mostly just taking in every aspect of what’s in the books. So, applying that to reality is not as easy as it is when you visualize it in your head, it’s putting those applications into practice. ”

Over time, the CRTC Fire Department will train will train all the full time and volunteer firefighters with the Harrison County Fire Service on the transitional fire attack method.