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Posted on: February 12, 2020

RELEASE: 20-008 - Lebanon firefighters provide equipment training to Lebanon Police Department

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Lebanon firefighters provide equipment training to Lebanon Police Department

Officers at the Lebanon Police Department are receiving training this week on Lebanon Fire Department equipment that can prove beneficial for both agencies.

Fire Chief Sam Schneider, assisted by other team members, demonstrated the capabilities of a hand-held thermal imaging camera, another camera designed for search operations in collapsed structures or confined spaces and a piece of seismic equipment designed to help officials hear even the faintest of sounds buried under rubble.

All three pieces of equipment can help during a search and rescue mission and can even aid in criminal investigations.

"We just want the police department to know what resources are available to them," Schneider said. "Most of the officers did not know this equipment was available and we want them to know how to request the equipment and have an understanding of how to set up and use it."

Schneider said mutual knowledge of the equipment will be especially beneficial in circumstances where both agencies work together, particularly in an event such as a building collapse.

The training for both agencies comes as a result of feedback from employee focus groups where employees voiced that they would like to see more interdepartmental training. Next week, Lebanon Public Works is scheduled to train police officers and firefighters on what actions to take during a power pole rescue operation.

Police Chief Bryan Arnold was pleased with the outcome of the first night of classes.

"The class was excellent, and this type of interaction builds a stronger relationship between the departments," Bryan said. "We appreciate our well-trained firefighters and the work they do."

Arnold expects the final two police squads to complete their training on Thursday at Fire Station No. 1.


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