The Chattanooga Fire Department will soon offer firefighters an in-depth training opportunity to practice confined space rescue and recovery. BASF in Chattanooga recently donated a large, stainless steel tank that will be used to conduct training scenarios which closely mimic a real-life confined space emergency. Fire Chief Phil Hyman was present when the tank was delivered to the Fire Training Center on Amnicola Highway.
"BASF has always been a great corporate partner over the years for our department," said Chief Hyman.
“We really appreciate this important addition to our training center."
Chief Hyman said the department's training division will be using the tank for confined space training and some fire suppression training later on for new recruits.
Confined spaces like manholes and crawl spaces are often poorly ventilated and can contain a wide-variety of hazards, making it critical that local firefighters are properly trained to respond.
"Every day, firefighters from the Chattanooga Fire Department risk their lives to protect our homes, our places of work and our entire community," said Robert Gagliano, site director of BASF Chattanooga. "BASF supports local first responders and the company made this contribution to thank everyone at the Chattanooga Fire Department for their diligence and devotion."