Grand Forks Fire Department Night TrainingSince many fires happen at night, it's important for firefighters to train in those conditions.
By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ
Since many fires happen at night, it's important for firefighters to train in those conditions.
The Grand Forks Fire Department had a drill to do just that tonight.
Firefighters train in a number of different areas and tonight's drills focused on the importance of knowing procedure and working together.
When it comes to saving lives being ready is key.
"From the time the call comes in to out the door it's one minute."
To prepare crews for late night fires, the Grand Forks Fire Department held one of two mandatory night training sessions tonight.
"When we respond with multiple companies to a fire scene everybody knows there jobs and this helps to give everyone a basic understanding of how crews work with each other when we get on scene."
By using theatrical smoke and mannequins, crews will practice pump operations along with search and rescue using infrared imagery.
"We try to make our night drills a little more in depth than our day drills."
"Tonights training is unique because of the props being used but nearly every day drills are completed to make sure emergency response is 2nd nature should that alarm sound."
"We're going through our mind what we need to do when we get there what's going on, we try to have a game plan when we get there and by training and doing stuff repetitions over and over a lot of this just comes natural."
Not every Grand Forks firefighter was able to attend the training drill. A group of firefighters where at another station in case there was an emergency while the drill was going on.