They risk their lives by going into burning buildings and battling fires but how do firefighters prepare for the unexpected? On Wednesday, Harrisburg Firefighters trained for those situations.
The training took place at the Shumaker Public Safety Center at HACC. As part of the class, firefighters responded to a burning building and a building collapse. which would not have been possible without a $114,000 federal grant.
A $114,000 federal grant funded the class, which included 21 senior firefighters with the Harrisburg Fire Department.
After the training is completed, the department will have 27 FEMA structural collapse technicians. That’s the most in Central Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline says the FEMA training is hard to get and is labor intensive, but without it, Chief Enterline says the firefighters wouldn’t be able to effectively do their jobs.