The firefighters train on a mobile structure; DFD will organize a barbecue on May 14 – Leader Publications

DOWAGIAC – On International Firefighters Day, local departments took the time to educate themselves on how to save more lives in the event of a fire.

The Town of Dowagiac Fire Department and the Wayne Township Fire Department held live fire operations training on May 4 at the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Using a mobile fire training structure provided by the Berrien County Firefighters Association, departments were trained in basement fire operations, search and rescue, and firefighting. extinguishing fires.

“There has been a steady decline in actual fires over the years,” Deputy Fire Chief Tony Stewart said in a Facebook post. “However, fire-related fatalities are on the rise and, relatively, the opportunities to train structural firefighting skills on the job have drastically diminished.”

The fire training structure creates a real burn situation for firefighters to deal with and can create flashovers, backdrafts and other situations that firefighters will face during a real fire.

“The primary purpose and function of live fire training, whether conducted in an acquired structure or in a burn trailer, is to provide quality fire experience training,” Stewart said. “Training towards realism while incorporating appropriate skills and competencies for firefighters to increase safety and understanding of fire scenes. It’s a great way to deal with real-world responses in structural firefighting. … We would like to thank the Berrien County Fire Association, Pride Care Ambulance Service and the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the trailers.

DFD Hog Roast Fundraiser

The Dowagiac Fire Department will also be hosting a BBQ Hog Roast event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Dowagiac Moose 933, 54867 M-51 N. Firefighters will be serving pulled pork meals for $10, with funds to go toward new supplies for the department like life jackets and surface water rescue gear, according to Stewart.

“Fire service technology and equipment are changing rapidly,” Stewart said. “We are doing our best to keep up with the times to better serve our community.”

The meal will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, fries and a bottle of water. Sodas can be purchased for an additional fee.

Ida M. Morgan