On August 28, 2016 the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department gathered for specialized emergency ladder bailout training. Emergency ladder bailouts are used when conditions inside a building become untenable and firefighters have no other way out. This training is something we hope to never have to do at an actual fire, however if conditions warrant it our firefighters are now trained and prepared to keep themselves safe. Our training was held at the Piscataway Fire School and started with the use of a prop to simulate a window approximately six feet off the ground. This enabled firefighters to learn proper techniques and get used to working off the ladder at lower angles.
Next firefighters performed these same maneuvers out of a second story window. For the sake of safety during these evolutions firefighters were tied off to prevent from falling. All in all it was a great day of training for all. Thank you to the Highland Park First Aid Squad for accompanying us to the drill and to the East Franklin Fire Department for standing by in our quarters to cover the town while we where away.