MCFRS News Release

Reality Based Training

Fires, crashes, emergency medical calls and hazardous materials incidents are only a few of the responses that are expected to take place tomorrow afternoon and evening in Rockville. Dozens of fire fighters, rescue workers and emergency medical personnel from Career Recruit Class Twenty-Seven (#27) will be on hand Friday, June 16, 2006 to handle this sudden influx of activity.

On that date, members of the current Recruit Class will be participating in a special training exercise at the Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA), in Rockville, that will test the skills and ability of our newest first responders as they participate in this “reality check” exercise. The afternoon and evening exercise will be action packed as fire engines, ladder trucks, heavy rescues and ambulances from Montgomery County gather to respond to these mock incidents to test the skills of our new recruits.

Recruits are expected to gather around 2 p.m. to prepare for the activities. Participants will be dispatched to various locations throughout the 56 acre complex. They will handle a variety of unscripted emergency type scenarios. Local community and school groups are assisting and will be role playing as victims during many of the incidents. The exercise is expected to last from about 2 p.m. until 9 or 10 p.m. The PSTA is located at 9710 Great Seneca Highway, near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Great Seneca Highway in Rockville.

This exercise will provide a great opportunity for the media to observe fire fighting and rescue operations up close. Family and friends of recruits are invited to observe the activities. This is the culmination of their 21-week training. Graduation for Recruit Class #27 is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2006 at Montgomery College, Rockville.