Rookie training exercise
Another live-fire event is set for September.
Smoke billowed from a South Rome structure Wednesday morning as Rome-Floyd County Fire Department’s rookies, along with one rookie from the Cedartown Fire Department, were put to the test during a live-fire exercise on Alto Street.
Fire Training Chief Jamie Stone said the current rookie class will get at least one more live-fire exercise before they are assigned to engine companies the first week of October. The next live fire event is slated for Sept. 9 along Avenue A between North Fifth Street and Turner McCall Boulevard.
The fire Wednesday morning took place at an abandoned two-bedroom home on Alto Street, a block from the Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
Much of the exercise Wednesday was devoted
to keeping the fire from spreading across adjacent vegetation.
“We’re trying to save this guy’s pecan tree while still getting good training,” Stone said.
One of the rookies said he knew when he was growing up in the Boy Scouts that he wanted
some sort of career as a first responder.
“I always wanted to help other people,” Dallas Adams said. He said Battalion Chief Danny Lee encouraged him to submit an application.
Another rookie, David Grindstaff, literally grew up in the fire department. His
father, Wesley Grindstaff, was a Rome-Floyd County firefighter for 27 years.
“We were around all the stations, I came to visit everybody and I knew a couple of guys on the department already so I went to school, got my degree and now I’m here,” Grindstaff said.
ABOVE: Rome-Floyd County rookie firefighters James Henley (front) and Colbey Johnson try to help contain flames to an abandoned residential structure during a live training exercise on Alto Street in South Rome on Wednesday. Henley was providing back support for Johnson as they poured water across a tree that was next to the house.
ABOVE: An abandoned home on Alto Street in South Rome was burned during a live fire training exercise for Rome-Floyd County and Cedartown fire department rookies Wednesday.
LEFT: Rome-Floyd County Fire Department rookies David Grindstaff (left) and Dallas Adams pour water onto a pecan tree in an effort to spare the tree from a house fire during a live training exercise on Alto Street on Wednesday.
Water is poured onto a house fire on Alto Street in Rome Wednesday morning. The fire was a training exercise for rookie firefighters from Rome-Floyd County and Cedartown