Edgewater FD prepares for live burn
Members of the Edgewater Fire Department will get some practical, hands on training Monday night (May 13) as they take part in a live burn exercise at Wittman Field.
“The Edgewater ballpark building is slated for demolition and removal so we have worked with the Recreation Society to conduct a live burn training exercise on the site,” says Columbia Valley Fire & Rescue Services Chief Jim Miller. “This is an excellent opportunity to provide a realistic training environment for our firefighters and will allow them to witness fire behavior, practice scene safety and fire ground operations.”
In addition, firefighters may have the chance to perform forcible entry/egress skills prior to the ignition of the fire, and will perform an emergency scene size-up, which includes evaluating fire, smoke, and building indicators.
The building will be burned completely to the ground. The site will then be taped off and patrols conducted until it’s cool. If needed, any unburned structure will be demolished after the site cools.
“We want to let the community know the burn is happening and ensure the public stays well back to ensure their safety and allow our firefighters the opportunity to train,” adds Miller.
The exercise will be held Monday, May 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Wittman Field.