This past week, firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services participated in training at Rhodia Incorporated.
“Over three nights firefighters came to Rhodia and went through a simulated emergency as part of their mandatory training,” Training Officer Bryan Bullock said in a news release. “The training was designed to give fire officers a chance to work on decision making skills and for all firefighters to perform several different tasks.”
Over the three nights the firefighters were rotated through the scenarios. Two stations at a time would come together at the Rhodia plant and work together performing the required training.
“We really want to thank Rhodia for allowing us to utilize their plant for this training,” Bullock said. “We also want to thank several of their staff that participated in the training with the firefighters. It was very valuable training for the firefighters as they constantly strive to stay proficient in all aspects of their job.”
Firefighters will continue their night training drills this week; however this training will take place at Stepan Company.
“It is great to have local businesses open up their plants and allow firefighters to train there,” Chief Dennis Merrifield said in the news release. “This cooperation goes a long way in training firefighters in the performance of their jobs. It also gives firefighters a chance to work with the trained personnel from both of these corporations and gain knowledge from them. We cannot thank them enough for being willing to work with us in this training.”