Window bailouts, and wall breaches, and rope escapes, oh my!

May 12, 2017


Firefighters smashed windows and walls of a building at Stonehill College this week, though there were no flames to be seen, and no one inside the building to be rescued.

Almost every firefighter in the Easton department was trained this week in methods of saving themselves from emergency situations, using a building at Stonehill that the school will soon tear down.

Fire Capt. Michael Green led the training, along with Lt. Kyle Riendeau.

“We wanted to teach them what to do when things go wrong,” Green said. “It was physical training, so they were excited about it.”

They taught their fellow firefighters how to breach a wall, how to bail out a window onto a ladder, and how to safely untangle themselves from wires.

Green and Riendeau also trained the department to use the Sterling FCX System, a rope-and-anchor personal escape system.

The Sterling FCX system, on which Green and Riendeau had to take a six-month course before they could teach to others, can be used to quickly descend from buildings in a controlled, secure manner.

Green said he and Riendeau thought the two days of training were “very effective.”

Green said it’s important for firefighters to do emergency training beyond fire-related scenarios, and not all departments emphasize this.

“I think the training this week was eye-opening for a lot of guys,” Green said, “and because it was different than what we usually do, they got a lot out of it.”