Friday, December 12, 2008

Firefighters torch Hailey house

Planned drill helps train personnel from 3 departments


By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer

Smoke billows from a planned fire at a house in Hailey, as firefighters work on training. Courtesy photo by Kirsten Dougherty

Firefighters from Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley got some valuable experience over the weekend, minus some of the stress.

The Hailey Fire Department, along with engine companies from the Bellevue and Sun Valley fire departments, conducted a series of successful live-fire training exercises at an abandoned house Saturday on North River Street in Hailey. The departments conducted a number of interior fire attacks on set fires in the building, plus several exterior attacks, before allowing the residence to be fully consumed.

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"The fire training served many purposes for the departments," a Hailey Fire Department news release states. "Less-experienced firefighters had the opportunity to aggressively suppress room and content fires under controlled conditions and with the close supervision of their officers. The departments also had the opportunity to develop and test new strategies and tactics for more effectively rescuing trapped victims and safely extinguishing fires."

Firefighters also observed patterns of fire growth and officers practiced command and control of incidents, the news release states.

"There is no substitute for this type of training, and we truly appreciate the community's support of our efforts," said Hailey Deputy Fire Chief Carl Hjelm.




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