Fire Dept.: Anticipate smoke and guns firing
by Lindsay Field
October 06, 2013 11:40 PM | 3767 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Cobb residents along Cedarcrest Road in Acworth are asked not to be alarmed if they hear gunfire or see plumes of dark smoke on the horizon through Nov. 8.

Until then, the Cobb County Fire Department and Cobb Police SWAT Team will be conducting drills at a home in the area between 6292 and 6440 Cedarcrest Road, which is west of Highway 41 in north Cobb.

In a release from the Cobb Fire Department, residents living along Cedarcrest and anyone traveling in the area should expect to see heavy smoke because of this joint training.

Sgt. Dana Pierce of Cobb Police said they also may hear gunshots in the vicinity.

“It’s called ‘cold smoke’ training or simulated smoke,” said Lt. Dan Dupree with Cobb Fire when asked about the kind of drills in which firefighters will participate.

The exercise helps firefighters learn how to navigate through a smoke-filled structure during a search and rescue response.

“When visibility is impaired, we are having to use senses other than vision to search the structure, so we train a lot doing that and this is one of the things that helps us do that,” Dupree said.

Firefighters will also practice lighter training such as “forcible entry,” where they break down doors or windows.

Dupree said they don’t get to participate in training like this very often because it depends on whether the county can acquire a vacant property.

Pierce said the county’s SWAT Team will practice a variety of exercises and tactics and may use simulated ammunition to conduct the drills.

He declined to get into specific techniques that members may use to train.

The property where they are conducting the drills is county-owned and was purchased for a construction project the Cobb County Department of Transportation will begin sometime next year, Dupree said.

County spokesman Robert Quigley was unable to get more information about the property by press time Friday.

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