Tristan Torabi of Troop 255 in Chevy Chase, MD led the design and build of a two-level training structure for firefighters and other emergency responders to practice real-world emergency scenarios at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, MD. The structure houses two training props. Prop 1: A trap door for firefighters to experience a floor collapse followed by the need to squeeze through a tube to escape. And Prop 2: the upper story allows responders to practice repelling down an elevator shaft, with a reinforced bailout window. Staff at BCCRS told Tristan this project may save lives by providing real-world training for firefighters to practice infrequent, yet life threatening scenarios they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to experience. The project involved over 560 volunteer hours and the labor and materials is valued at $55,000.
Quote from beneficiary:
Edward “Ned” Sherburne, Fire/Rescue Chief, BCCRS: CRS): “Thank you to all involved for your work on this. It will have tremendous benefits to training which ultimately allow us to perform on emergency incidents in a more effective way for the community and a safer way to protect ourselves from the dangers of the emergency environment. I have worked with many Scouts over the years on different Eagle projects and I know this is a tremendous undertaking and accomplishment.”