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November 3, 2016 Featured - Riverside Current - Controlled burn provides an excellent training opportunity
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Members of the Riverside and Ainsworth Fire Departments came together Sunday, October 30, to get in some additional training they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to get.

Riverside Chief Chad Smothers says, “We don’t get many chances for a live fire so any time we can get an acquired structure it allows us to do some live fire training that we can’t simulate at the station with our other training.

“We let the guys get inside, feel the heat, put some water on the fire and see fire growth.”

Before igniting the entire structure on fire, the firefighters worked on some smaller exercises.

“We did six different scenarios of fire attack which is everything we would do at a real fire scene: stretching the first hose line, fire attack crews, search and rescue crew, waters and ventilation,” Smothers said.

“We also did some fire behavior in the bigger rooms of the downstairs part of the structure.

“We let the guys sit in there and see the fire grow and knock it down with water a couple of times so they can see how things change when you do that.”

One thing the crews did was take a group picture as the building was burning, and there is a reason for that.

“We do that to have a picture of the guys from that year and then over the years you can see the legacy of the people that served. It’s a way to document our history.”

After the fire finished, the fire department left the rubble. “The city owns the property. They will have someone come in and clean it up.” The site where the house stood will eventually have another pavilion built and a parking area will be added for more cars at Hall Park.

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