Preservation of life is a firefighter’s first priority, Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodward said during a media day Friday.
Participants gathered in a classroom at the Oklahoma City Fire Department training center at 850 N Portland Ave. also heard from chiefs Brian Stanaland and Kevin Berry during a discussion about rescue strategies, internal operations and response tactics.
Fire officials also talked about tornado and wildfire response strategies.
“Fire spread is a lot worse today than it was 20 years ago,” Woodward said.
Houses were once more likely to be made from and filled with wood, which allowed flames to spread gradually, but today’s homes are filled with material that catches on fire quicker and spreads faster, Stanaland added.
Officials also briefed the media about the Rapid Intervention Team, a group of firefighters who stand ready to assist firefighters who are injured, and Community Service Liasons, who assist fire survivors with insurance needs and recovery.
The Citizens Fire Academy, the chiefs said, is a free eight-week course taught on Tuesday evenings and open to all adults in Oklahoma City who want to learn about the fire department, fire safety and emergency operations. This year’s course begins Sept. 2. To request an application email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 297-3318 or pick one up in person at 2300 General Pershing Blvd.
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