Firefighters Receive Training During Controlled Burn
To Pineville passers-by, the scene looked like a house totally engulfed in flames. For Pineville firefighters, it looked like an incredible opportunity to learn more about fighting fires.
A controlled burn on Saturday morning, Oct. 28, provided the training ground for volunteer firefighters to learn more about a fire’s movement inside a burning house.
Crew members also used water techniques to protect wires located close to the house. Pineville fire chief Gregg Sweeten said the department was contacted several months ago by a homeowner interested in having his property serve as the site of a controlled burn and training session.
Toxic materials, such as the shingles and windows, were removed from the house before the burn, he said.
The fire in the home — located at King and Nash streets in Pineville — started slow, but then reached a point where it broke through the attic and roof, Sweeten said.
Firefighters then controlled the flames and heat with water.
“Everything went textbook, and neighbors got to see some of the capabilities of our firefighters,” Sweeten said.
Volunteer firefighter Kimberly Bell said being able to fight the controlled burn was a great opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.
She said the last controlled burn was the old lumberyard at least two years ago.
Firefighters started the fire inside the structure and were able to observe its movements.
“We knew it would go quickly,” Bell said, adding that the house was fairly old.
The controlled burn provided several challenges, including wires that were in proximity to the house.
Firefighters kept water on the wires and the wires weren’t affected, she said.
“The department overcame those challenges and it went off without a hitch. It was a very good experience,” Bell said.
Pineville volunteer firefighters had an opportunity to learn more about fighting fires during a controlled burn on Saturday, Oct. 28. A crew member uses water techniques to protect wires located close to the house during a controlled burn.