March 25, 2014 kicked off the first day of a nine-day training program, put on by The Jefferson County Fire & Rescue Training Academy. The 2014 1st Quarter Training Positive Pressure Fire Attack provided firefighters with a unique hands-on introduction to positive pressure fire attack (PPA) strategies and tactics.
Training kicked off with an introductory video on the variables of PPA, and went on to include live burns and drills at a single-story building, designed and built by the professionals at Woodard Cleaning & Restoration, specifically for this event.
“As St. Louis’ largest and most reputable fire restoration team, we were honored to help the Jefferson County Fire & Rescue Training Academy make this event special for the firefighters,” said Woodard VP, Dave Christoff.
In addition to building a facility for PPA training, Dave Schneider and Derek Buffa, from Woodard’s Community Service team, attended the nine-day event to provide food and drinks for the firefighters.
The firefighters invited Schneider and Buffa to take part in the PPA training. “It was such a great experience – one I know I’ll never forget. Seeing, first-hand, just how brave firefighters are gave me a whole new appreciation for their service,” said Buffa.
The PPA included four different types of live burn trainings, and all fire departments from the entire Jefferson County area took part in the trainings, including The Hillsboro, Festus, Rock Community, Antonia, Cedar Hill, and Jefferson R-7 Fire Departments.