Dover Firefighters Train Using Wesley College Facilities
The Dover Fire Department trained members in Engine Company and Truck Company Operations by utilizing two Wesley College facilities on Governor’s Avenue on March 8 and 15.
The properties owned by Wesley are scheduled to be razed as part of the College’s master plan. Director of Safety and Security Walt Beaupre reached out to Dover Fire Department to offer the use of the properties for training. Firefighters used the “real world” venue to practice rescue and safety procedures.
Thirty firefighters were led by four instructors in the trainings. Throughout the two nights, the firefighters practiced advancing hose through buildings to attack a fire. They also focused on search-and-rescue techniques by practicing placing ladders in windows to help victims escape, get instructed on what windows to open to allow heat and smoke out of a fiery room, and learned how to break holes in walls to best assist victims.
The Wesley College master plan was approved in 2009, and the institution intends to have the three facilities on Governor’s Avenue demolished with proper funding. “The College is more than happy to allow the City personnel to use these facilities for training purposes,” said Vice President of Finances and Director of Human Resources Eric Nelson.