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The Minot Fire Department doesn’t often get an opportunity to conduct high-rise training at a real-life location.
So when the chance to conduct this training was made available at Henry Towers, the FD took full advantage of the opportunity.
“We appreciate Henry Towers providing us with an opportunity to conduct this type of training,” Battalion Chief Jason Babinchak said. “It will help our department remain ready if we respond to a fire at these types of facilities.”
There aren’t a lot of high-rise buildings in Minot, but Babinchak said the department must remain trained for what they call high-risk, low-frequency events.
Over the three days of training, firefighters took part in a scenario that included a fire in an eighth-floor apartment, and a potentially missing maintenance worker inside the building. It gave firefighters a chance to conduct search-and-rescue operations, ventilation procedures, and victim rescue, among other procedures.
“The high-rise training went well. We had a few issues that we would like to address further. It was a good training exercise for our personnel,” Babinchak said. “A lot of ideas were presented and reaffirmed that overall we are ready for an incident like this in real life.”
Babinchak said he training was especially valuable to the newer members of the department, since this was the first time many of them had taken part in high-rise training other than at the department’s training grounds.
“For several of our newer personnel, this was their first opportunity to go into an actual high-rise building. Their training kicked in and they did a good job,” he said.