By: Kylen Mills
It doesn't take long for a mobile home to go up in flames.
So area firefighters say it's crucial to be prepared when it comes down to the wire.
"It's not only your life it's your partner next to you, the people that are in the house. So you gotta make split second decisions on doing stuff and you've got to really know it," said Wilton Fire Department firefighter Josh Liebmann.
Firefighters say mobile home fires can be especially tricky.
"It's very different than a typical stick built home as we refer to it as," said Gary Ronzheimer who's in charge of the firefighter training class.
That's why Eastern Iowa Community Colleges host this all day course geared towards the unique challenges.
"They're learning the difference between the 1976 and before, to the standards that were after that. And the fire behavior patterns that are typically in those types of homes, what leads to rapid fire growth," said Ronzheimer.
At the Midwest Center for Public Safety Training firefighters get to test their skills on actual mobile homes.
And for new firefighters, like Liebmann who's been working for a year and a half, or even the veterans, like DeWitt Fire Chief Bob Sandry who's been doing it for 27 years, practice is key.
"This training is just like a real life thing. You can never have too much training," said Liebmann.
All to keep everyone safe.
"That's what it's all about is helping your community. Paid or volunteer it's just that somebody is having a bad and you know that you're going to go in there to try and help them and hopefully have a good outcome," said Sandry.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges also offer other fire training courses throughout the year.