Lyon County fire crews practice techniques on Fire Vent prop

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STAGECOACH, Nev. (KOLO) Firefighters in rural Lyon County may not have as many people living in their jurisdiction, but they have a lot of land to cover.

“For us in particular it’s valuable because we have such a large geographical area,” said Battalion Chief Bob Ryser.

Large, might be an understatement. Ryser says Central Lyon Fire covers 630 square miles, all the way from Carson City to Lake Lahontan.

“It’s easier to bring the prop to them than it is to bring them to the prop,” he explained.

The prop he is talking about is a new Fire Vent mobile trailer. It serves as a training center for up to 12 techniques, including roof tilts, forcible entry, and floor rescue.

“The best use is to set it up and let crews train when they are able to in their response area without having to leave their response area to go train,” said Rod temple, the man who created the prop, after serving as a Carson City Battalion Chief.

And while Fire Vent is a local company, their impact is being felt elsewhere, as Temple says there are more than 70 units in use.

Funding for the prop was secured through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant.