Hosting confined space training is important to Londonderry as it has a lot of large industrial areas where potential dangers could happen.
“There are a lot of businesses in North Londonderry loaded with confinement spaces,” he said.
Londonderry firefighters do this type of training twice a year, along with other types of drills and rescue work.
Roger said the scenarios change from time to time, and he always likes to find some new situation that will challenge firefighters and their skills.
“We’re an insurance policy in case something happens,” he said.
Roger said all four battalions at the department would take part in similar confined space training.
He said the grant funding helped the community a lot as this type of technology can be costly.
“There is no way we could have afforded this, and this type of exercise does a lot of training,” he said. “It’s a good bang for our buck.”
Knowing what to do in all types of situations makes the department more aware and better trained, Roger said.
“There’s a real sense of realism to this,” he said. “We then monitor the learning points and see little things we can improve upon. It all equals time. We don’t know when we’re going to be called.”