Where there’s smoke!

Cavendish fire depart­ment makes use of empty house for re­al­is­tic train­ing

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Mem­bers of the Cavendish Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment are mak­ing good use of a va­cant home in that Trin­ity South com­mu­nity. They are us­ing it to do some train­ing in a smoke-filled en­vi­ron­ment for when they have to face the real thing.

the scene for some­thing else, and that’s how we ap­proach that,” he said.

The depart­ment used a cou­ple of smoke bombs. “ You put them in a steel can and they make a lot of

- Jeff Jack­son, Cavendish Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment

smoke,” he said, adding that for some­one who didn’t have breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus on, the smoke wasn’t nox­ious but was cer­tainly un­com­fort­able.

Jack­son said the depart­ment was grate­ful to Donna Bishop for do­nat­ing the use of the house, and to the fire com­mis­sioner’s of­fice pro­vid­ing free filled air tanks for use dur­ing the train­ing. He said the house was per­fect for train­ing in Cavendish.

“It was ideal for us be­cause a lot of the build­ings here are like that,” he said. “ The boys were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about the prac­tice we had.”

That prac­tice also in­cluded de­scend­ing lad­ders head-first be­cause, says Jack­son, it’s quicker to get out of a burn­ing house by go­ing through a win­dow head-first.

A Cavendish vol­un­teer fire­fighter de­scends a lad­der head-first dur­ing train­ing April 17 in a house that the bri­gade used for more re­al­is­tic train­ing.

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