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Burning to learn…some more…in Newport

Typical burn to learn exercise.  This one in Seal Rock.

Typical burn to learn exercise. This one in Seal Rock.

On Wednesday, the 17th, firefighters from Newport Fire Department will be burning a house located at 236 NE 54th St. It is being demolished at the request of the owner, Doug and Susan Hoffman.

Beginning around 6pm, on Wednesday evening, firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires inside the house. 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, and 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 burns such as these are critical for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is actual hands-on experience dealing with live fire. Structural burn drills allow your 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 keep their skills and teamwork sharp for real emergencies where seconds count and there is little room for error.

On June 17th we will be blocking a portion of NE 53rd St, from NE Luck Gap St.to the east. This is necessary to connect our fire hoses to a fire hydrant on the corner of NE Lucky Gap St. & NE 53rd St. and to provide room for fire apparatus. The street closures will begin at 6pm, and last until around 10pm, unless we are able to finish sooner.

Anyone having questions about the training exercise should direct them to Fire Captain Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer at 541-265-9461.

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