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Edmond firefighters trained with self-contained breathing apparatus drills in the old Parkside Osteopathic Hospital at Fourth Street and Littler Ave. Drills ended Monday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 19, 2012
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/articleid/3730167/1/pictures/1888787">Photo - Edmond firefighters prepare to enter a smoke-filled building during a drill. PHOTOs BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Edmond firefighters prepare to enter a smoke-filled building during a drill. PHOTOs BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

Firefighters crawled on the floor, holding a fire hose in one hand.

Edmond has 105 firefighters, who must participate in at least one of the two drills held each year.

“We want to make sure our skills are up where they are supposed to be,” Neely said.

Edmond has an extensive training facility near Covell Road and Interstate 35. After repeated training exercises in the same building, firefighters become familiar with the structure. Using a building where firefighters are not familiar creates new challenges for them.

“This building is difficult,” Neely said. “It is old and a very cutup building. They don't deal with this type of building very often. It challenges their skills to find their way around the building.”

The training exercise started last week and concluded Monday.

“It is extremely important for us to have these training drills,” said fire Maj. Kelly Lewis. “We want to keep our guys safe and go home.”

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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