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June, 2007

photos by Melissa Kimura
& Jamie Little

Waterford Hills Road Racing and the Detroit Region of the SCCA hosted a special Fire Suppression Training School specifically for motorsports workers.
Developed by the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education at Wayne County Community College, this is thought to be the first program of its kind offered by a professional fire academy. 

A group of 30 students learned about the characteristics of fire, suppression methods and personal safety from a professional instructor in the classroom.
They were then given the opportunity to practice what they have learned on the Institute’s state of the art car fire simulator using equipment identical to that supplied by the area sanctioning bodies and racetracks while, again being coached by
Sgt. Liam Carroll of the Allen Park Fire Department who trains many of the area’s professional fire fighters.  

The class was held from 10 am until 4 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education located on the campus of WCCCD at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, MI.  Because clothing is a factor in one’s ability to fight a fire and realism is an important part of this learning experience, students were asked to wear their trackday whites and gloves.

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