A house donated to the Lebanon Fire Department by Lloyd Hayden was the site of training Thursday afternoon for LFD’s first-ever recruit class.
Recruits Bryce Baskett and Rodney Princell are going through intense 240-hour training for LFD. Normally, LFD recruits would join a training class at another area fire department, like Brownsburg, said Chuck Batts, LFD public information officer. But Lebanon decided to train their own recruits this time.
“It’s more cost-effective to do it in-house than to pay tuition to another department,” Batts said.
Lebanon and Center Township firefighters participated in RIT (rapid intervention team) and search and rescue training Thursday at the house located at 319 Walnut St. The house was filled with fog from a fog machine until there was zero visibility. A simulated floor collapse was created where, if the firefighters didn’t test the floor before stepping on it, it would collapse a couple of feet. A dummy simulated a fellow firefighter, trapped below in the debris.
Training began March 1, and they do it Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It wraps up May 3. When they finish training, the recruits will be eligible for Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certification by the Indiana State Fire Marshal, under guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association. They will also be qualified in technical awareness rescue and as car seat installation technicians.
Batts said the class been going great. Once they have more hires, he said they plan to form another recruit training class.