Rookie train­ing ex­er­cise

Another live-fire event is set for Septem­ber.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker As­so­ciate Edi­tor

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.

Pho­tos by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tri­bune

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.

Doug Walker / Rome News-Tri­bune

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

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