In July, Cowlitz County firefighters visited Millennium to take part in training exercises designed to let firefighters practice real world scenarios in a safe and controlled environment. Millennium has an ongoing relationship with the firefighting crews from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, who were the recipients of 4 truckloads of surplus fire extinguishers from Millennium last April. This time, the firefighters visited the Millennium facilities in full gear to practice industrial search and rescue techniques.
The training exercises started as an idea during a site tour by Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, where firefighters proposed an exercise that would take advantage of Millennium’s large industrial warehouses. Firefighters in Longview do not typically have opportunities to train in forced entry or search and rescue scenarios and this exercise would provide them with a unique opportunity to train for these dangerous, real-life situations.
Forty-five firefighters participated in the two-day training. Small teams, which included volunteer firefighters, ran through three scenarios:
- Forced entry through heavy metal doors without the use of power tools
- Cutting a hole and melting the metal on a door, a technique known as “Hot Saw”
- Escape from a brick building with only hand tools
Additional exercises at Millennium are planned for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in the future. Collaborations like these are important to Millennium and our community. We are proud to lend our resources and facilities in support of such brave men and women.