Clayhatchee and Daleville First Responders Team Up for Fire Rescue Training

DALEVILLE -- Fire rescue crews from the Clayhatchee Volunteer Fire Department and the Daleville Department of Public Safety joined their members to perform a search and rescue simulation on Tuesday at Daleville High School.

In black out conditions, their task was to enter what would be a burning room. With a partner they crawled on the ground, using only their hands and talking to their partner to guide each other. The challenge was to find a hidden dummy which represented a child.

Clayhatchee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sean Sparks said they rely heavily on this type of training.

"It's critical," Chief Sparks said. "The communication, the opportunity to cross train with municipalities from different locations, gaining experience and knowledge from other departments, it's served us well."

Daleville Department of Public Safety's Sgt. Stacey Austin said their partnership with Clayhatchee's department is an asset to the area.

"We work hand in hand, no matter what," Sgt. Austin said. "They're there for us and we try to assist them in any way."

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