Potential for ice and snow this week

No rest for firefighters at Henrico retirement community

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Firefighters poured into Westminster Canterbury in Henrico Monday, but there was no emergency. The Henrico Fire Department and the retirement community teamed up to give firefighters a realistic training situation.

“The morning started with training stations on elevator emergency operations and rescue, ventilating smoke from a stairwell, standpipe operations, and unified command with Westminster’s security team. Trainers filled the stairwells with theatrical smoke and practiced removing it with fans and the buildings own ventilation system,” Henrico Fire spokesman Captain Daniel Rosenbaum. “In another training session several elevators were stopped simulating an emergency that firefighters worked through. Small groups of firefighters rotated through the different stations throughout the morning.”

“The training completed with a full-scale drill where a fire was reported on the lower floor and victims were trapped in the upper floors,” Rosenbaum continued. “The residents were excited to have the firefighters at the facility.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.