‘Live Burn’ this Sunday
The Stanstead Fire Department will be conducting a special and rather rare training exercise this Sunday and they’ve invited fire departments from around the region to take part. They will conduct a ‘live burn’ on the abandoned house located at no.9 route 143 between 9:00 am and about 5:00 or 6:00 pm. The house was taken over by the ministry of Transport to build a weigh station and the fire department has already held a few practise sessions there.
“During a live burn, little fires are lit throughout the day and the firefighters go into the house to put them out and to determine the cause,” explained Stanstead Firechief, James Runciman. To conclude the exercise, the house will be burnt to the ground.
Firefighters from the fire departments of Sherbrooke, Compton, East Angus and possibly Stanstead Township will take part in this rare type of training. “It’s not every day that we get to have the opportunity to do a live burn training,” said the Firechief who has taken part in them before. “It will be done according to the standards of the National Fire Protection Association. We’ll prep the building before with safety markings,” he added.
People who would like to observe the training session are welcome and there will be a safe area fenced off for them.
The beneficial training exercise will not cost the town: the house was donated to the Fire Department by the Transport ministry, as long as the site is cleaned up and made safe at the end, and the Fire Department was able to find someone to do the clean-up job in exchange for windows and doors that they removed from the house.
The wives and girlfriends of the Stanstead firefighters will provide a lunch for all of those taking part in the training exercise.
This abandoned house on the 143 will be the site of a ‘live burn’ on Sunday.