Burton fire chief uses creative methods for rescue training

Burton deputy fire chief Randy Wells has devised a creative way of making training interesting. Instead of his firefighters getting re-certified for CPR by practicing skills on mannequins in the firehouse, for example, he set up a mock post-tornado scene and hid the CPR mannequins in piles of brush. Firefighters first had to "rescue" patients in full firefighting gear, then respond immediately when Wells announced the mannequins had gone into cardiac arrest. Wells says his methods help his station think about "all possible scenarios" each time they go to a call. His trainees say the methods work, helping them develop critical thinking skills and keeping them on their toes at all times.