Diocese Provides Facilities to Local Firefighters for Search and Rescue Training

Ray Wilson (left), training officer for the Saginaw Township Fire Department, poses with Scott Geilling, facilities operations manager for the Diocese of Saginaw

SAGINAW- Firefighters from the Saginaw Township Fire Department conducted special training today in the lower level of the diocesan buildings on Weiss St. in Saginaw. 

Saginaw Township firefighters had sought a larger building where they could conduct advanced search and rescue training, in order to be well prepared for fires in larger buildings such as local hospitals and schools.

"We were happy to allow them to use our building. These women and men serve our community courageously. We are blessed to be able to help them in a small way," said Tim Muter, director of facilities for the Diocese of Saginaw. 

"The training this morning was a success.The unique characteristics of the facility allowed us to simulate a 'deep dive' into the building," said Ray Wilson, training officer for the Saginaw Township Fire Department.  

Training included the usage of a machine that simulated smoke and the flashing lights and sounds of fire. 

"I would like to express thanks to the brave women and men of the Saginaw Township Fire Department and all emergency responders in our diocese, many of whom generously volunteer their time and risk personal harm in service to our communities," said the Most Rev. Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw.