Posted at: 09/14/2013 3:20 PM
Updated at: 09/14/2013 7:41 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Firefighters gathered in Ballston Spa for a training session. It's the first of its kind in the Capital Region with trainers from the New York City Fire Department. The event was also dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.
Smoke billowed out of windows and doors of a building with one firefighter trapped inside as others rushed into the burning structure to rescue him.
The training that seemed so real brought nearly 100 firefighters from ten different departments across the Capital Region together at the Saratoga County Fire Training grounds in Ballston Spa. They were drilled on new rescue techniques and how to keep each other safe in dangerous situations.
“I think these guys will be better firefighters knowing how to do this. I think every firefighter should know how to do this," said FDNY Instructor Mike Leo.
All of the instructors are members of the New York City Fire Department who volunteered their time and talent to pass on what they've learned on the job over the years. Many of them were at ground zero 12 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11.
“I hope it never happens again. I lost too many friends," said another instructor, Mike Perrone.
The MacBoston 18 truck that organized the training is a roving memorial serving as a reminder of those fallen firefighters and others who died in the line of duty throughout New York State.
Keeping the next generation of firefighters safe is the organization's main reason for this training. Mike Perrone, who works out of Brooklyn, says that's why he's a trainer. He even invented a portable door to help teach firefighters better forced entry techniques. There are hundreds of those doors in use across the country.
"It's important because let's face it, you don't get the door, there is a delay in putting water on the fire," says Perrone.
All valuable lessons, especially for those who are just starting out.