Firefighter training course keeps responders ready
Members of the Russellville Fire Department have been busy this week completing rope rescue training and also preparing for the kick-off of their smoke detector program.
Fire Chief Joe Mansell said the routine training is important because rope rescue can be one of the most dangerous things a firefighter can encounter.
“Rope rescue is something we don’t have to do very often but there have been a few times in the past when we’ve had to use it so we have to be prepared,” Mansell said. “Since it’s not something we do on a daily basis, it’s good to stay trained because there are many things to remember like what kinds of knots to tie and how to work the harnesses.”
In addition to the training, the RFD is preparing to kick off their smoke detector program on Monday where firefighters will be going door-to-door in different neighborhoods in the city to make sure each home has a working smoke detector.
“We received some funding from the Russellville Utility Department and support from the mayor and council so we’ll be able to provide smoke detectors to families who need one,” Mansell said. “These detectors last for 10 years and smoke detectors can really save lives when there’s a fire in your home. Our goal is to get a working smoke detector in every home in the city limits.”