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Fire Crews Rip Into Training Class
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Firefighters from more than a dozen departments from around the state converged in Escalon this past week, in town for some hands on training in the latest extrication equipment.

Co-sponsored by the Escalon and Ripon fire departments, the two-day workshop was offered Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4. Dubbed the 'Rip'n It Up' program, the training included classroom instruction at Ripon Station 2 on Wednesday morning, with some hands on training at Escalon Station 2 near Van Allen Elementary along Highway 120 on Wednesday afternoon and a full day of training on Thursday at Escalon Station 2.

"We have five 'pits' going on," explained Escalon Fire Captain Randy Reid, who helped coordinate the class. "The pits are scenes, we have one where we have a car stacked on top of a car, another where we have a vehicle over an embankment on its roof." (See photos, Page A2.)

In all the scenarios, firefighters worked to assess the situation, then used the various tools to stabilize the vehicle and then proceed with the extrication process. There were no victims in the cars, the scenarios focusing more on getting the firefighters familiar with the stabilization procedure and the ripping up of the vehicles safely with the extrication equipment.

In the overturned vehicle scenario down the embankment, for instance, Reid said the crew was charged with stabilizing the car in place so it wouldn't slide down the embankment, then had to remove the doors and take the roof off from underneath.

"Instructors are all from L.N. Curtis," Reid added, noting that the fire safety equipment distributor had personnel on scene for the entire training program.

Much of the new extrication equipment Escalon Fire Department has in service was purchased from the firm.

"Fantastic," Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello summarized, as he looked at the groups of firefighters involved in the intensive training on Thursday.