A training exercise to benefit firefighters and the community

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Jackson Township Fire Department received a special treat this October when the homeowners at 1555 Zuber Road in Grove City donated their property for training and burning. For several weeks throughout the month, all three units, along with personnel from the Scioto Township and Pleasant Township Fire Departments, practiced search and rescue operations, hose deployment, hose operations, and other basic training maneuvers. Captain Dan Ashcraft said the department was grateful to the family for donating their home for training as it helps their personnel, particularly the more inexperienced firefighters, work on skills needed when serving the community. Shown in this photo are firefighters awaiting the call to enter the building on Oct. 28. The structure was burned down the following day.
While more comfortable seats were provided by the local non-profit organization Box 15 at the live training exercise, Pleasant Township firefighter Chris Kurowski preferred this nice spot on the ground after putting out fires within the home structure. Joe O’Brien, the president of Box 15, said their organization is always on hand during training exercises and calls, offering firefighters working the scene food, water, warmth and wipes to protect them from harmful carcinogens. The organization serves most fire departments throughout the central Ohio region.
Jackson Township firefighter Jon Kirkpatrick helps change the air bottle for Derek Bartkowiak.
Jackson Township firefighter Chris Hite carefully follows Corbin Basel up the ladder to access the smoking roof.

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