The Dunedin Fire Department is hosting this month's north county fire training at the Dunedin Municipal Marina. The training covers water-based firefighter safety and survival while working along the water at scenes such as boat fires where a firefighter could fall into the water.
Firefighters in bunker gear and oxygen tanks practiced self-rescue after falling off a dock by floating on their backs and swimming to a ladder. They also rescued a fully outfitted firefighter from the water by having one firefighter jump into the water and strapping the other firefighter into a basket while others pulled them up a ladder. Firefighters also learned how to loop a fire hose over a seawall for a firefighter to step onto and be pulled up to the edge.
Participating departments include: Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar, and Safety Harbor. The drill will run twice a day for six days. The drills were organized by Erich Thiemann, training chief.