Skies near downtown Murfreesboro will be filled with smoke at various times this Tuesday (10/18/2016), but officials with Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department warn that this is strictly a drill. This old Franklin Heights complex on Bridge Avenue at the New Salem Highway is where fire training will be taking place under "live fire conditions". It begins at 8:00 o'clock Tuesday morning and continues until 5:00 in the afternoon.
Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue is a part of Firehouse Expo 2016 in which top fire training instructors from around the nation will give valuable training to Murfreesboro firefighters.
This program provides firefighters with the skills to effectively operate as a member of a rapid-intervention team (RIT), including firefighter drags and carries, breaching, heavy lifting with hydraulic and pneumatic tools, cutting utilizing a variety of torches, and hands-on, scenario-based, training involving a firefighter mayday. Skills are practiced under "live fire conditions".
Lieutenant John Lewis, who is retired from the Passaic, New Jersey Fire Department said, 'This program will place attendees in a variety engine and ladder company roles. Teams will be expected to determine and perform the tactics needed to complete company-level assignments, communicate with other teams, maintain accountability, and report back to the incident commander. A critique of each evolution will be held immediately after its conclusion."
Remember, when you see heavy smoke in the skies near downtown Murfreesboro on Tuesday, remember it is our local firefighters training with "live fire" at the old Franklin Heights location.