The Marietta Fire Department conducted additional training this week above and beyond what is required by the State of Georgia in order to ensure the safety of Marietta's citizens.
The firefighters are instructed to undertake a set of drills, while wearing their gear, in order to simulate all the physical activities required when fighting a fire. Among other activities, they carry hoses, which weigh about 50 pounds, trek up and down three flights of stairs numerous times, simulate holding themselves up in case of a floor collapse until help arrives, and drag a 165-pound dummy 50 feet to safety.
The firefighters utilize the Station's basement and sidewalks to complete this training twice a year. Often citizens can witness Marietta firefighters training and utilizing the green space behind the Main Fire Station off the Square for daily fitness training. Depending on the type of training, the Marietta Fire Department also conducts additional exercises, including rope training on the parking decks around the Square.
"It is important to hold ourselves physically accountable year round," said Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs. "We are determined to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Marietta's citizens and through our year round training we are able to guarantee that we are adequate prepared to answer those emergency calls."