Members of the Brazil City Fire Department check the water pressure on a fire hose stretched up to the ninth floor of Cooper Tower Wednesday afternoon during a training session.
By IVY HERRON
Time is of the essence to a firefighter trying to rescue someone trapped by a fire. Brazil City firefighters will continue to drill aimed at improving response times of a simulated apartment fire at Cooper Towers today.
Crawling through thick smoke to find their way, firefighters successfully used the top two floors of the nine-story Cooper Tower high rise apartment building Wednesday afternoon for the training exercise.
"We focused on improving areas in our protocols today," Fire Chief Tobey Archer said Wednesday.. "This simulation allows us to work an apartment fire scenario and find flaws so we can correct them later. Tomorrow - with a new set of firefighters on duty - we plan on working on response times."
A few minor glitches occurred during the two-hour simulation, but Archer said they can be easily remedied.
When a mattress was set on fire inside the building last year, Archer said the dense black smoke filtered through the stairwell and down into other floors, making it difficult for escaping tenants and the firefighters trying to help them to safety.
A new protocol - using large fans on the first floor for pressurizing the apartment building's stairwells during a fire, to contain smoke at the source proved successful.
Training will continue from 2 - 4 p.m. today.
Tenants are asked to refrain from using the east and west side stairways during the exercise - elevators in the building will remain operational.
After receiving a few 911 calls reporting smoke at Cooper Tower Wednesday afternoon, the fire department remind area residents to not be alarmed by the smoke coming from the building during the training exercise.