2011-11-09 / Front Page

‘When Called, We Respond’

by Terry Toole


It’s about time to go in and put the flames out. 
Photo by April Bryant It’s about time to go in and put the flames out. Photo by April Bryant If you are a volunteer fireman, this will mean a lot to you. If you are not, it should make you thank and appreciate those who are willing and able to serve as volunteer firemen to help save our property and our lives.

Last Saturday, November 5, firemen from Early, Seminole, Baker and Decatur counties came, participated and helped with the Colquitt training exercise. It was a time to burn.

Rick Little of Colquitt, had purchased some property with some old houses on it. He offered one of them to the Colquitt-Miller Fire Department for a practice burn. This was several months ago. It took that long to get approval from state and federal agencies, plus tons of paperwork to get authorization to use this structure for a practice burn.

Captain Rod Bryan, training officer for the Colquitt-Miller Fire Department, was instrumental in obtaining the house and all the permits required for such a burn and training exercise.


If you have ever been just waiting to go into a burning structure, filled with smoke, heat and flames to practice your trade, you might be a volunteer fireman. The majority of these firemen have never done this before, but look forward to the training. If you have ever been just waiting to go into a burning structure, filled with smoke, heat and flames to practice your trade, you might be a volunteer fireman. The majority of these firemen have never done this before, but look forward to the training. “TRAINING=ALWAYS BETTER. We train like this for our safety and to better serve our community. You are only as good as the training you receive,” Bryan said. “Without people like Mr. Rick Little, we could not train our firemen. We are very thankful for his donation of the house.”

Seasoned and qualified firemen were on the scene to make sure that nothing would happen to the firemen, if possible as young, inexperienced volunteers and career officers went into a burning structure for the first time to extinguish the flames.

This exercise is one of the most overseen training processes that firemen face.

Being a fireman was once one of the most dangerous of jobs, but with better training, that profession has improved in fatalities by reducing some of the chances of injury or death with training.

One of the training officers stated that events such as the one Saturday most definitely could help save lives of firemen and those they serve. “Nothing is like doing the real thing, and most of these firemen have never entered a burning, smoke-filled building, looking for where the fire started and extinguishing it,” another training officer stated. “That experience is about as good training as a new fireman can get. It very well could save their life, “ the officer continued.

The training class was a great success. Colquitt- Miller Volunteer Fire-EMS looks forward to future training events.

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