Cape Girardeau Fire Department participates in simulated safety training

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau firefighters participated in a simulated training Thursday.

All units were dispatched to a two-story fire engulfed in flames that resulted in a total loss in the training.

Matt Mittrucker, the Battallion Chief of Training and Safety said to his team, “Engine three got their deck out and running pretty quick on the building.”

That fire was a mere simulation for the first responders participating in fire training.

“So we all have a playbook that we go by that we have assigned jobs when we first arrive,” said Mittrucker.

He explains a playbook is similar to a football teams game plan.

“The house is already fully engulfed. There’s really not much that we can do we’re going to be protecting exposures and buildings close to that building.”

A first responders number one goal is arrival time and efficiency towards saving a life.

Battalion Chief Brad Dillow says emergencies still happen during training.

“Now if any other calls come in during that time period, we’re committed on fighting this fire, that the city is protecting,” Dillow said. “Any time we have any type of fire, in the City of Cape, you get all four stations.”

Rest assured, Cape Girardeau Fire Department first responders are well equipped.

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