Trust necessary to extinguish industrial fires

Firefighting trainees from Parkland College slowly advance toward a propane-spurting “Christmas tree” as they learn how to extinguish industrial-type fires at the training grounds east of Melville. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

It takes great trust in the man next to you to approach a fire spewing flames 6,400 times hotter than a home furnace, but after eight weeks together, firefighting trainees have developed a close, trusting bond. That confidence was tested during a recent training exercise at Parkland College’s fire training…