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CITA-Kirkwood trains new firefighters

By Jeff Sigmund
On September 27, 2018

Firefighters attack multiple types of fires during the Advance Foam Firefighting class. Photo by Jeff Sigmund.

Smoke could be seen rising from Kirkwood Community College’s main campus and north of the main entrance at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center on Sept. 22-23 as the college held its 32nd annual Fire School.
Since 1986, Kirkwood and the Central Iowa Training Association (CITA) have partnered to bring the CITA-Kirkwood Fire School, which has made it one of the largest fire schools in the state that helps EMS-Fire service in Iowa and neighboring states.
This year’s school offered many new training classes from the basics of advanced foam firefighting to auto extrication techniques and tool handling and there were some of the yearly favorites such as vehicle firefighting, a live burn class A training.
Classes ranged from in-class to hands-on and they could run 1-2 days depending on the class itself.
Kim Fensterman, Kirkwood program coordinator, “Everyone benefits from fire school training. Fire and EMS service personnel get to sharpen their skills, gain confidence and develop pride in their work, and a well-trained force can better serve the members of its surrounding communities.”
Along with all the classes this year numerous vendors, manufacturers and dealers were on hand to help with the fire school and answer any questions students may have had. Students and instructors were also provided with lunch both days by The Café and Kirkwood culinary students. For more pictures visit

The sunroof blows off the car from the pressure from the flames during a firefighter training exercise. Photo by Jeff Sigmund.

Extreme high heat melted equipment at the CITA fire training. Photo by Jeff Sigmund.

Participants use foam on a LP fire. Photo by Jeff Sigmund.

Participants learn skills in grain bin rescue on Sept.23 at CITA-Kirkwood Fire school. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

As smoke bellows out a door on the Fire Simulator a firefighter enters to put out the flames. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Looking down the hall in the Fire simulator. Photo by jeff sigmund.

Instructors work on building a fire in the tower on Sept.23. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Flames climb towards the top of the room.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Participants work their way through the Live burn class A training. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

A demonstration was given on smoke levels during a fire training. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

An instructor gives some fine points to students while working a car fire.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Firefighters learn nozzle spry patterns on Sept. 23.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Students stand by while a car burns at the CITA-Kirkwood Fire School on Sept 23.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Participants enjoy lunch during a break which was provided by The Café and Kirkwood culinary students. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.


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