Another new recruit, Jared Branham, of Tecumseh, who has some previous training, said he came to Norman for the aggressive firefighting, better training, the possibilities of expansion and more education opportunities.
“Firefighters are just kind of outstanding citizens. I mean, they’re held at a high regard. The respect you carry, the ethics and morals they have and the discipline, and that’s what I like about the fire department,” Branham said.
Wednesday marked the last day for the recruits’ live burn training, where burn rooms in the training tower can get up to about 600 degrees, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said.
A look inside one of the burn rooms showed just how hot things can get if a firefighter were to go above a certain point. Go past that point and everything could catch on fire, Nelson said.
If firefighters stay below the thermal barrier, they’re pretty safe, but if they move up and it gets to the point where fingers of the flame roll over with the smoke, “that’s when we get melted helmets and melted people,” he said.
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