Each year approximately 3,500 Americans die in a fire (FEMA) and the average number of home fires is 358,500 (NFPA). The importance of safe habits in the home, working smoke detectors, and pre-planned exit routes cannot be understated.
It is statistics such as these that also push your Kern County Firefighters to be their best. To increase the probability of successfully rescuing victims of fire, training is underway at the Olive Drive Fire Training Facility. All week fire recruits from KCFD Academy 22-4 are being taught the latest in effective search techniques. Disciplines covered include how to enter the burning building quickly, where to go once inside, targeted searching, Thermal Imaging Camera use, and victim removal techniques.
Media is encouraged to visit and observe this training in action. Thursday, January 19, between 2-4 pm.