Provided by Newport Fire Department
On Wednesday, April 18th, at 6pm firefighters from Newport Fire Department will be burning an old empty house for training purposes. The house is located at 802 NW Brook St. The structure is being demolished at the request of the owner.
Beginning around 6 pm, firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires inside the building. Eventually, as the house 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 lines around the house 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 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.
We will be blocking the intersection of NW 8th and NW Brook St. This is necessary to connect our fire hoses to a fire hydrant on the corner of NW 8th & NW Brook St. Residents around this intersection will still have access to their houses. The street closures will begin at 5 pm, and last until about 10 pm. The training may end sooner.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we invite you to watch this exercise…from a safe distance. If you have questions about the training exercise, please call Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer at 541-265-9461.