Carter County Emergency Management is holding a firefighter rodeo Saturday. Anyone who wants to watch firefighters practice life-saving skills can from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ardmore Municipal Airpark.
Paul Tucker, director of Carter County Emergency Management, said the rodeo is mainly a chance for firefighters, who are mostly from volunteer departments, to practice these skills, but gives people a chance to see what goes into being a firefighter.
“This way, they get an idea of what the firefighters go through every day,” Tucker said. “It might even interest someone in becoming a volunteer firefighter.”
The day will start with the firefighters taking a one hour training course, and the outdoors training will start at 9 a.m. They’ll be spending the day practicing extracting dummies from vehicles by cutting open cars and putting out car fires as well as other combustible materials. They’ll also practice rescuing live volunteers from a vehicle and performing triage.
“We’re going to have an actual school bus out there, and they’re going to have actual volunteers,” Tucker said. “They’re going to practice triage on the patients and extricating them from the bus.”
 Tucker said it would be too dangerous to use live volunteers in the other extricating exercise, as the firefighters will be using equipment to cut the cars open and retrieve the ‘victims.’
The day will wrap up with a game of tug-of-war played by using fire hoses to push a bucket back and forth on a rope suspended above the players.
“Most of them are from around the county, a few of them are from Oklahoma City, and there’s one volunteer department out of Sherwood Shores, Texas,” Tucker said.
The firefighter rodeo is free and open to the public.