Training to save lives

By Ginger G. Golden
Derby Informer – April 23, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 28, 2014

Firefighter Buddy Reed calms a panicked Payne in order to efficiently remove him from the building. Click on each photo to view full-size image.

Firefighter Buddy Reed calms a panicked Payne in order to efficiently remove him from the building. Click on each photo to view full-size image.

Derby firefighter Kelly Payne portrays a victim with a child calling for help from a second story window as he threatens to drop the baby that is in his hands.

Derby firefighter Kelly Payne portrays a victim with a child calling for help from a second story window as he threatens to drop the baby that is in his hands.

Four Derby firefighters received ladder training Friday at the Derby Historical Museum.

The Derby Fire Department makes an effort to have training each shift, said Firefighter Two Kelly Payne, who led the exercise with Lt. Chuck Stansfield.

“It might not always be ladder stuff,” said Payne. “It might be pulling hose or search and resuce, whatever aspect we decide for the day. We try to keep the training realistic, stuff that has the potential to happen in an actual fire.”

In one scenario, Payne played the role of a person holding an infant out a second floor window screaming for help. Firefighters Buddy Reed, Skyeler Reynolds, Justin Wallace and Travis Zimmerman worked together to take a ladder from the truck and reach the window to get the victims out of the building. Firefighters are also trained to calm victims during a rescue operation.

“There is education that firefighters get prior to getting on the job, but the majority of their training is once they’re on the job,” he said.

In recent weeks, Derby firefighters held vehicle extrication training using a vehicle donated to the department and several firefighters attended live fire training in Arkansas City.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster



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