On December 3rd, 10th and 13th, 2014 firefighters from Newport and neighboring Fire Departments will be burning a derelict home for training purposes. The house is located at 203 NW 10th St. It is being demolished at the request of the owner, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The building is hardly a hose throw just to the east of the front porch of the main Newport Fire Hall.
Beginning at 6pm, on December 3rd and 10th, firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires inside the home. On December 13th, firefighters will set and extinguish another series of fires and eventually, as the building becomes unsafe to enter, firefighters will allow it to burn to the ground. The fire will be kept under control at all times. Firefighters will extend hoses around the building to ensure that the fire stays confined. The training will be cancelled if the weather becomes too extreme or a significant wind is blowing.
Training exercises such as these are critically important for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is hands-on experience dealing with live fire. Burning building drills allow firefighters to learn the limits of their equipment and tactics in an educational, non-emergency environment. This type of training is what allows firefighters to maintain their high skill levels and effective teamwork for real emergencies where seconds count and there is little room for error.
On December 13th fire fighters will partially block a portion of NW 10th St, between Hwy 101 and Nye St. This is necessary to connect fire hoses to a fire hydrant on the corner of NW10th St. and Hwy 101, and to provide room for fire apparatus. The street closures will begin at 7 am, and and be maintained until around 5 pm, unless they are able to finish sooner. Firefighters welcome the public to watch this valuable training opportunity – from a safe distance of course.
If you have questions about the training exercise, please call Captain Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer at 541-265-9461.