Quincy Fire Department trains for large vehicle emergencies

Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 5:11 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Quincy Fire Department and departments across the state, are participating in heavy machinery training run by the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Firefighter said they training they will get over the next two weekends will not only benefit them but also the community members they’re charged with helping

“We have a lot of public transportation, a lot of school buses in the community so anything we can do to help prepare us to be more prepared for the vehicles in the community, all the better,” firefighter Steven Peters said.

In the 14 years he’s been a firefighter, Peters said he’s never participated in training with such large vehicles.

“For us to be able to have something with this type of equipment, these types of vehicles is amazing,” he said.

Firefighters started their day in a classroom, learning about the proper tools needed to rescue people in a vehicle emergency. They then moved to hand-on training, rescuing dummies from simulated wrecks.

“Mostly right now just rolled over vehicles,” Belleville firefighter Rick Houston said. “Later in the week it should get to heavier stuff and bigger vehicles like buses and tractors and semis.”

The school buses, tractors and other machinery were donated by local groups for firefighters to practice on.

QFD Deputy Chief Michael Dade said the training will prepare them for worst case scenarios out in the community.

“We are big kids at heart and this is a playground for us but anything we can do to improve the skillset and the knowledge base of our firefighters directly impacts their responses every day,” Dade said.

The training continues Sunday and next weekend from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. at the Quincy Regional Training Facility.

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