By Olivia Haselwood
Andover Leader – March 21, 2017
Whether its people trapped in cars or moving water, the Andover firefighters are ready for the challenges after completing training for different situations over the past month.
Crews have been working to bring their skills up to snuff and take part in several refresher courses why the weather is nice, and fires are few.
Earlier this month the department teamed up with Andover Towing and Recovery AFR and other rescue personnel in the area to do extensive rescue and extraction training. The two-day training course gave firefighters the opportunity to operate hydraulic rescue equipment on several different types of vehicles in different situations.
An instructor from Oklahoma City specializing in technical rescue assisted in the training.
“Unique to this training was opportunities to include the Tow operates in evolutions,” fire marshal and deputy fire chief Mike Roosevelt said. “The specialized equipment on wreckers can be utilized for stabilization and lifting of vehicles in addition to the normal hauling that we typically see.”
This weekend firefighters are using collapsible reservoirs to practice moving water from the tanker truck to pumper truck.