Firefighters Conduct Training Session at Heritage Towers

Firefighters in a stairwell at Heritage Towers during a training session this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)
Firefighters in a stairwell at Heritage Towers during a training session this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Firefighters from four departments in Sheridan County gathered at Heritage Towers this past weekend for a three-hour training session on fighting fires in multi-level, multi-living unit buildings.

Gary Harnish, who's chief of Sheridan Fire-Rescue, said in addition to his department, the session included firefighters from Goose Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Big Horn Volunteer Fire Department and Dayton Volunteer Fire Department.

Harnish said the training began as a response by Sheridan Fire-Rescue to an activated alarm system at Heritage Towers, and the initial response crew was confronted with the scenario of a fire in a residence on the fourth floor.

He said the scenario eventually involved fire in two different rooms, one on the fourth floor and the other directly above on the fifth floor, along with search and evacuation of several floors and rescues of four victims.

He said total on-scene drill time was about 80 minutes, followed by an hour of after-action review.

Harnish said the quarterly drills have been occurring for several years, and all Sheridan County fire departments are invited to attend.

Firefighters at the Heritage Towers entrance as the session starts. (Courtesy photo)
Firefighters at the Heritage Towers entrance as the session starts. (Courtesy photo)
One of the firetrucks at the scene. (Courtesy photo)
One of the firetrucks at the scene. (Courtesy photo)
SheridanWyoming.com

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