City talks firefighting training

By Elly Grimm
Southwest Daily Times – May 15, 2017

The Liberal city commission took care of some action items Tuesday evening, including discussion of aircraft firefighting training.

“A little history on this, we used to go to Denver, and we’d send our firefighters, typically three at a time, so the cost was not taken all at once and we didn’t have to come before you for the expenditure of those funds,” Liberal Fire Department Deputy Chief Skeety Poulton said. “But Denver has stated we can no longer go there, something about they’re not allowed to take out-of-state firefighters to attend their training anymore, so we had to seek other training.”

Poulton said several entities were contacted, including the program through the University of Kansas, who recommended the mobile aircraft firefighter training simulator.

“Other departments are doing the same thing, so I checked with the other departments, and they have limited openings, and we have a minimum of 12 firefighters who need to train with this simulator,” Poulton said. “So we checked with KU again, and they said they could bring the simulator out here, and we can have up to 25 students in the class. We’re not going to be able to fill that class, so we will be inviting other departments to send people, and we can charge them the cost for the class, which will be June 14.”

The class will be a total of eight hours, with four of those hours being in the classroom and the other four being hands-on training, according to Poulton. Ultimately, the commission unanimously approved the expenditure of funds for this FAA-required live fire training for a total of $11,000, with $5,500 of that coming from airport funds.


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