‘Live Burn’ this Sun­day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

This aban­doned house on the 143 will be the site of a ‘live burn’ on Sun­day.

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