Local fire departments to train at Ferris’ Carlisle Hall

BIG RAPIDS — Area fire departments will practice a large-scale training exercise at Ferris State University’s Carlisle Hall, which is scheduled for demolition.

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety will host the training exercise at 8 a.m. on March 9 at Carlisle Hall. The scenario will be a simulated fire on an upper floor, with rescue of multiple victims. Objectives for the day will include setting up a unified command with all agencies involved, on-scene communications with all team members, accountability for all personnel on scene and staging of people and equipment.

Teams will be assigned jobs related to the fire scenario, including rescue, water supply, fire suppression, ventilation, triage, salvage and overhaul. The day will end with a debriefing back at DPS, with evaluator’s comments, firefighter’s observations and command recommendations.

The following fire departments will participate in the training event: Big Rapids DPS Fire Division, Ferris State University DPS, Big Rapids Township Fire, Colfax Township Fire, Morton Township Fire, Mecosta-Austin Township Fire, Mecosta County EMS, Mecosta County Emergency Management and Mecosta-Osceola Central Dispatch.

On the day of the event, East Campus Drive between North Campus Drive and Stadium Drive will be blocked off. Alternate routes through campus would include North Campus Drive and Ives Avenue. Community members are welcome to observe the exercise.

 

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