Penobscot County Fire Academy continued today in Eddington.
Firefighters-in-training learned how to deal with hazardous material.
Instructor Scott Luciano says a lot of chemicals are transported through Maine and firefighters need to know how to deal with accidents and other emergencies.
He says hands-on experience is the best way to learn.
“This is what they’re going to do if there is an emergency, if a tractor trailer rolls over and they are trapped in a car accident they have to make a decision as whether they can save this people and how to protect themselves while doing that,” Luciano explains. “So, it’s really important they get hands-on, know how to use the gear, know how to call for help and additional help when it’s available and be ready to respond and save lives.”
“It’s similar to structural fire fighting being in the suit and hot in the elements, but it’s different in the whole you have to be very conscious of what you’re contaminating and what you might have on your body and how that might be translated to other areas,” says Travis Wibby a student from Milford.
Students will graduate from the Penobscot County Fire Academy’s two week training program tomorrow.