On Monday, September 26, 2005, firefighter trainees from North Country several area volunteer fire departments participated in a live car fire training evolution as part of the NYS Firefighter 1 course.
The course and live fire training are instructed by New York State Fire Instructor Thomas Tucker of Paul Smiths, New York, where he is also a volunteer firefighter.
Departments with trainees in the class include Lake Placid, Wilmington, Ausable Valley, Upper Jay and Bloomingdale, all in the North Country area of New York.
After a safety briefing the donated and stripped down vehicles were lit and allowed to become involved.
The trainees then worked in teams to approach and extinguish the fires with two inch attack lines.
Two vehicles were used for the exercise to allow all of the trainees an opportunity to work the fires.
Pump operations were handled by firefighters from the Ausable Forks, New York Volunteer Fire Department while EMS support was provided by the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service.
The Firefighter 1 course is a nationally recognized 78 hour training program for Firefighter recruits encompassing firefighting and rescue procedures preparing them for fire line operations.