Firefighters learn lots from house burn
by Chris Cooper Managing Editor
The Russellville City Fire Department held its live house burn on Saturday, Sept. 14th. It has been almost 10 years since the last house burn by the department, which was also on Russell Street at the corner of Nashville Road.
The Live Fire Training allows firefighters to experience an actual simulation under a controlled environment which better equips them with the necessary skills to use during an actual fire situation.
Firefighters Mario Ibarra and Jordan McDonald kept a close eye on the trees surrounding the house while the training occurred. To accomplish the fire, firefighters used class A combustibles like straw and wooden pallets to get the fire going. Several sets of these were used throughout the house. The firefighters lit one set, let it get going good, moved in, watched it as long as they could, and then hit it hard with lots of water.
The State Fire/Rescue Training instructors from Bowling Green’s Area 4 staff were on hand to help with the house burn. State Farm’s Amanda Gossett and her staff were at the rehab tent with water and Gatorade for the firefighters.
“The Live Fire Training was a success, no one got hurt and State Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator John Weatherbee said this burn was one of the best burns he has been involved with,” said fire chief Billy Poole. “We believe this was the first house burn that we actually got to burn all of the sets we had prepared”
Firefighters came from Bowling Green and other Warren County Departments to participate in the training. A total of 34 area firefighters received fire training that Saturday.
“I want to personally thank Mayor Mark Stratton and the Russellville City Council for allowing us to do this type of fire training. Without their support it would not have been possible,” said chief Poole.
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