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Fire Cadets Get Training For Unexpected Accidents

March 27, 2014, 6:10 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Fire Cadets Get Training For Unexpected Accidents

After the tragic death of firefighters in Boston this week, local fire cadets are learning how to stay safe on the job.

Two firefighters lost their lives, while battling flames in Boston Wednesday. Another massive fire took place in Houston this week too.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue are using these tragedies as a teaching opportunity for cadets.

"Listening to the radio call and applying the training that we're going to do today, the timing is right for us. But unfortunately we lost a couple of firefighters yesterday," Training Officer Captain Mike Clauson said. 

Part of that training is learning about a communication system called RIC, or Rapid Intervention Crew.

RIC is a team of two or more people staying outside of the incident, to help out if there's a problem.

"At any moment something could happen. Whether it's with the incident or with a certain firefighter that they may need help. And it's nice to have people trained and on stand by at all times just for that reason," Cadet Ian Stark said. 

Cadets also got a chance to practice what they learned in class with a secret surprise in their training house.

The cadets have to simulate what it would be like in a smoke filled room, if the floor falls in.

"It's important to have these members trained, so that if anything were to happen to our members who go down or fall through a floor, a building collapse, anything of that nature. The crews need to be trained to actively listen to their radios. Have good radio discipline, have the necessary proper tools. Go in and rescue our team members," Clauson said. 

Trainers hope this kind of real-life experience will help them stay alert and prepared for the worst case scenario.

"Unfortunately we have to hear about it. Thankfully we haven't had to deal with it here in Sioux Falls. But it's real, and it really brings us closer together," Clauson said. 

"It brings a reality to the situation to the job. But it also motivates to train more and prepared for if that situation were to happen," Stark said.

The cadets are at the end of their fourth week of training.

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