GSCC to host fire safety trainings

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Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama Community College System is sponsoring training sessions focused on fire extinguisher and fire safety. The training is free.

There will be three two-hour sessions offered on May 31 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Training begins in room 213 in Helderman Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus. It will conclude with hands-on training in the front parking lot of Helderman Hall.

The course will instruct participants on the selection, use and safety considerations of fire extinguishers when utilized for a fire emergency. It also includes safety considerations for fire evacuations as well as person safety actions that can mitigate possible injury during evacuations. Below is the course agenda:

Hour 1 of Training

Powerpoint presentation and discussion of the following topics:

• Science of fire and fire components

• Types of fires and fire fuels

• Fire extinguisher types and identification methods

• Rules for fighting fires with extinguishers

• Principles of fire evacuation

• Personal safety measures during fires

Hour 2 of Training

• Hands-on training and extinguisher deployment, including these exercises

• Extinguishing live fires (training pan and live materials)

• Fire extinguishing operations (single and team deployment)

The hands-on course requires the carrying and deployment of a working fire extinguisher. Safety equipment will be provided and must be worn during the training. Live fires will be extinguished on a training burn pan and some live materials.

The course will be conducted by Christopher Martin with the ACCS Public Safety Division. Completers will receive a certificate from the ACCS Public Safety Division and a certificate from the Alabama Fire College.

Each session is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required. Contact Emily Feemster of the Gadsden State Police and Public Safety Department at efeemster@gadsdenstate.edu or call 256-549-8611.

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