Story provided by Newport Firefighter Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer, NFD
Recent training fire on SW Coast Street, Nye Beach
On Saturday, June 16th, firefighters from Newport and neighboring Fire Departments will be burning 2 structures in the SW 10th Street neighborhood for training purposes. The structures are located at 821 & 837 SW 10th St. The structures are being demolished at the request of the owner, Samaritan Pacific Health Services. In preparation for the burn firefighters will also be working on the structures on the evening of Wednesday, June 13th from 7 to 9 pm. They will not be lighting any fires at that time.
Beginning around 8am, on the 16th, firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires in each structure. 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 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.
We will be blocking SW 10th St. from SW Bay St. to SW Case St. This is necessary to connect our fire hoses to a fire hydrant on the corner of SW Bay St. & SW 10th St. and to provide room for fire apparatus. We will also block the sidewalk and parking on the west side of SW 10th St. between SW Bay St. and SW Case St. This is to prevent people and cars getting to close the burning structure. The street closures will begin at 7 am, and last until around 5 pm, unless we are able to finish 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.