Training Center Open House Draws Crowd

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CHAMBERSBURG — Saturday dawned bright and clear, a perfect day for county residents to see demonstrations and displays by many of its emergency services agencies.

The Second Annual Open House at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center’s Open House event educating and performing demonstrations for the public.

The day included a “search and “rescue demonstration by Cumberland County Search and Rescue, who quickly found a “lost” helper.

The Franklin Fire Company (Station 4) conducted a demonstration of an extraction from a vehicle where a subject was simulated to have been trapped in the vehicle as the result of a head-on collision.

The day included a graduation ceremony for nine individuals who recently graduated from the training center’s Fire Rescue Program.

Col. Douglas Mastriano for was guest speaker for that event.

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Franklin County Adult Probation Officer Dave Eckert set up in the main training room demonstrating scenarios using the department’s laser firearms simulator.

The simulator is used by law enforcement to practice decision making in potentially lethal use of force scenarios. The tool can also be used as a training aide for marksmanship.

Directional Traffic donated a digital message board and several helpers, Dave Burkholder from Dave’s Truck Repair donated over 500 rolls for lunch, AE Bounce House Rentals provided a bounce house, and Life Net 81, who brought a helicopter to the event and allowed delighted children to scramble aboard to see the helicopter controls.

Chambersburg Police Department set up an information table with frisbees and other freebies for kids. Two K9 officers and their canines Mattis and Basco demonstrated the dog’s skills for a crowd of onlookers.

Those included article searches, drug locating and suspect apprehensions.

The Franklin County Coroner‘s office demonstrated methods used in gathering evidence at a crime scene.

Fire trucks and rescue vehicles were on display. The volunteers who operate those vehicles gave plastic fire helmets to children

Photos by Brad Rotz

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