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Carlisle Fire Department uses Bayhealth house for training

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The Carlisle Fire Department trains on a house on Cedar Creek Road.

The Carlisle Fire Department trains on a house on Cedar Creek Road. (Jonathan Budler)

Carlisle Fire Company members trained over the weekend at a house on Cedar Creek Road, donated by Bayhealth.

“We are training like our lives depend on this, because they actually do,” says Fire Chief Ryan Knowles, noting that the training helps prevent mistakes that cause injury or death and provides efficient rescue when the time comes.

Training included vent-enter-search techniques and finding and rescuing a lifelike doll. Firefighters entered through a second floor window with the new Tower 42 engine and ground ladders.

“We are focused right now on training on our new ladder truck, [which] we recently received in June. We simulate all aspects of what we do.”

The training is part of a monthlong series for new and current firefighters for the dual-county department.

“We train every chance we can,” Knowles says. “We usually train on Tuesdays but have been adjusting our schedule to allow other members who work evenings or overnight who cannot attend the weeknight training.”

Knowles says the department is always looking for new volunteers who want to give back to the community.

“Becoming a member will take a lot of time, but definitely pays off when you are able to help when someone is in need.”

Those interested can find information on the department website.

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