Where there’s smoke!
Cavendish fire department makes use of empty house for realistic training
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.