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Edmond firefighters train in the dark

Edmond firefighters worked in the dark for traffic accident training. Accidents that happen after dark create additional challenges for emergency responders.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012
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Firefighters have been working in the dark as they receive training in traffic accident response.

Training in the dark offers additional challenges when compared to working during daylight hours, said Jon Neely, chief training officer.

“It is a lot more difficult at night,” Neely said. “That is why it is so important to make a 360-degree walk around.”

Firefighters during the last week participated in the training exercise at the Edmond Fire Department training center. The training scenario involved people who were injured and trapped after an accident involving a motorcycle and two cars.

Firefighters practiced using rescue jacks to stabilize the car, which they found on its side. They had to cut the car so they could remove the roof.

“They almost turned it into a convertible,” Neely said.

In the exercise, two people were on the motorcycle, and one was thrown into a ditch and not visible to firefighters when they rolled up on the training accident.

“They have to know how to set the lighting properly,” Neely said. “If they don't, they could blind the other motorists with the bright lights.”

Firefighters also had to determine the best procedure for stopping a fuel leak from the overturned car and decide what to do with the spilled fuel, Neely said.

Training officers said they anticipated much cooler weather when they scheduled the night drills.

“We do training in all types of weather, rain, snow and the heat so we will be prepared,” Neely said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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