Redefining the Classroom

Fire science students learn the power of positive pressure

Posted: September 26th, 2013

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OUT WITH THE HEAT – Lake Superior State University fire science students (from left) Christian Nagelvoort, Craig Suheski, and Jacob Herter queue a hose line into a practice building during an exercise at LSSU's fire practice grounds in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Sept. 24. Rescue Resources LLC of Grand Rapids provided training on how approach fires that tend to be very fluid, superheated, and explosive. Fire science students and faculty were joined by the Sault Ste. Marie city fire department for all day training. Crews practiced "positive pressure attack" techniques that blow heat out windows and allow firefighters to walk into a fire without taking a beating. The method also increases safety for trapped people. The Sault fire department — along with LSSU fire science faculty Terry Heyns and Roger Land — chipped in to help cover Rescue Resources' visit. Nagelvoort, Suheski, and Herter are all seniors from, respectively, Holland, Crystal Falls, and Ann Arbor, Mich. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.