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Live fire training helps Cincinnati firefighters improve safety

Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 06, 2018

CINCINNATI -- This month marks three years since the tragic line-of-duty death of firefighter Daryl Gordon. 

The department continues to learn from the failures and missteps from the case. They hope to avoid a similar loss. Firefighters were out doing live fire training Tuesday to prepare for the worst.

"It's the worst case scenario training, but it's also routine training on what we should be doing all the time," Chief of Training Michael Washington said. 

The training includes following mayday procedures, improving decision-making and communication for crews that are first on a scene and plenty of repetition.

"It's good to run through all those scenarios beforehand, so then your muscle memory kicks in and a chaotic scene becomes less chaotic," Firefighter George Haralamos said. 

After Gordon's death in March 2015, the department took note of what went well and what could be improved.

"Training is how we're going to save our people, and if we can't save our people we can't save others," Washington said.

A $1.3 million federal grant is paying for the training. Firefighters said the lessons could be life-saving.