Model home located at base of Cape Coral Bridge to be used by firefighters for training before it is taken down
Aubuchon Homes is planning to tear down the Mandolin model home located at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge and offered the structure to the Cape Coral Fire Department to be used for training prior to its demolition. From now until July 30, firefighters will use the house to train on:
- Hose deployment – getting the fire hose from the fire truck to the building
- Hose management – maneuvering the hose through the building
- Primary and secondary search
- Firefighter survival
- RIT – the Rapid Intervention Team is a dedicated team of firefighters ready to rescue other firefighters who become trapped in a structure or hazard.
Firefighters regularly train on these skills using props, but having a residential structure floor plan to utilize simulates a more real-life situation. Most evolutions will include simulated smoke, and, since the structure will be torn down, firefighters will be able to practice breaching walls.
“We’ve been proud to host Cape Coral’s first responders and their families at the model home site during Red, White & Boom over the past decade,” explained Gary Aubuchon, President of Aubuchon Homes.
“It just seemed natural to think of them when it came time for us to take it down. We’re glad to give back to our local fire department by offering up the home as a training ground.”