Live Fire Training at Old Waldport High On Schedule for November
The Waldport community is reminded that live fire training will take place as scheduled at the vacant high school building on Nov. 9 and Nov. 23-24, with Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue and Toledo Fire Department working in cooperation with Lincoln County School District.
Central Oregon Coast Fire Chief Derek Clawson says the first live fire training session will take place inside the north classrooms beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Approximately 45 firefighters are anticipated to participate in the “small compartment” fire training.
The “big burn” of the 42,000-square foot school building and other structures will get under way at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, Clawson says. Fifty firefighters will participate in the 30-hour live fire training that will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 24.
The burn will be postponed if winds are excessive, Clawson says, and public safety and environmental precautions will be in place.
The school district hired a company to perform asbestos removal inside the building and all other potentially hazardous or noxious materials such as plastic. Drains will be covered with sandbags, plastic, and absorbent booms designed to catch hydrocarbons.
Lower Crestline Drive up to Cedar Street will be closed to traffic on both days.
Examples of “cold” training exercises include breaking through a wall to escape from a burning room, pulling a fire truck waterline through a building, making forcible entry into a building, and ventilating a roof.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, approximately 40 novice firefighters completed Firefighter I training tasks inside and around the school during an eight-hour training session.
The weekend of Oct. 26-27, an estimated 25 firefighters will participate in fire investigation training inside the portable classroom buildings. The training will be supervised by a team from Yamhill County and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, 40 to 45 firefighters will participate in Skills Day for Firefighter I certification.
Demolition of the concrete gym walls and slab will begin on Dec. 2, according to Rich Belloni, support services director for Lincoln County School District. The 11.5-acre campus will be cleared of all remaining debris, and hydroseeding and erosion controls will be in place by the end of December. The projected completion date is Jan. 1, 2014.
“Not only does this learning opportunity provide critical hands-on experience, it saves the school district and taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in removal costs,” Clawson says. “After the burn is complete, concrete and other items that don’t burn will be hauled away. Total cost for demolition and salvage will be much cheaper thanks to the fire training,” Clawson added.