By BOB SHRALUKA
Approximately 500 employees of Adams Health Network recently took part in fire extinguisher training provided at Adams Memorial Hospital by the Decatur Fire Department (see photo).
The trainees included workers at the hospital, Woodcrest and the Village of Heritage.
The training device provides a live fire to be extinguished. The device is portable and can be taken just about everywhere for training in the use of a fire extinguisher, such as to industries and schools, according to Decatur Fire Chief Jeff Sheets.
Referring to the safety of the device, “everything is controlled by the instructor,” Sheets explained.
It was the last time the trainer was used as the department just received a new one it purchased. The old trainer had been repaired numerous times and was no longer repairable, Sheets recently told city officials as he was granted permission to buy a new one.
VOLUNTEERS: The department currently is taking applications for Paid-On-Call firefighters. The volunteer staff has long been a part of the Decatur department.
Applications can be downloaded from the City of Decatur’s website or picked up at the fire station on Seventh St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.