Nelson firefighters in the hallways of the old Mount St. Francis building last week during training exercises.

Nelson firefighters take training to Mount

Nelson Fire Rescue Services conducted an extensive fire practice for all staff last week.

Nelson Fire Rescue Services conducted an extensive fire practice for all staff last week.

Crews were up at the old Mount St. Francis building in Fariview using a smoke machine in place of setting real fires. They ran drills such as rescueing/retrieving a training dummy from a simulated floor collapse, putting out fires, searching for lost persons in a fire and rescuing their own members in a smoke filled room.

A large focus of the drills was to give senior members of the department practice time in the role of incident commander (ie, the one in charge, giving the orders).

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