Puslinch firefighters conduct training exercise

PUSLINCH – Puslinch Fire and Rescue Services (PFRS) conducted a live-fire training exercise at an acquired structure on Wellington Road 34 on July 17.

The owner of the property, Ridgeview Homes of Kitchener, made the structure available, allowing the department to conduct training in the structure prior to the live fire.

“Having a structure like this one gives us a uniquely valuable opportunity to conduct more realistic hands-on training,” said Fire Chief Luis Gomes.

Approximately 23 firefighters participated in the live-fire exercise on July 17, and many more were able to make use of the structure for training in the weeks prior.

“Whenever there’s an opportunity like this one, we want as much learning benefit as possible, not only during the burn but every day leading up to it,” said health and safety training officer Josh Shepherd, who  led the live-fire training.