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2011 Live Fire Training Invitational
As Grandma used to say practice makes perfect. This wise old adage holds especially true for the fire service. During 29 & 30 October the Brinnon FD hosted Quilcene FD and the Mason 17 FD in a live fire training exercise on a donated building at BSA Camp Parsons.
The live fire training has become an annual event for the Brinnon FD. The 2 day 21 hours training exercise provided hands on practical training for all of the recent graduates from the Brinnon FD Volunteer Academy. It also provided the more experienced Firefighters the chance to learn new skills that would enhance their ability to provide service to their respective communities.
The first day was centered on becoming proficient in how to search for victims as a team, honing skills such as raising ladders and using ladders and power saws on the roof to create ventilation holes in order to help trapped victims survive longer. A portion of the first day was used in becoming proficient in making entry into a burning building, locating the fire room and controlling the small fire. By using powered fans and water flow Firefighters developed skills in removing smoke from burning buildings in order to assist with fire location and victim rescue. Time was also allocated for Firefighters to sharpen skills in pumping water from tenders and portable water tanks, a skill that is difficult to master.
During the second day all the skills that were sharpened on the first day, were used to conduct multiple company firefighting operations. There were larger fires, multiple hose lines and larger ventilation requirements. The second day concluded with the final burn down of the structure. Even this portion of the training was used to improve the firefighter’s skills by working on Defensive operations using large hand lines and water fed deck guns to contain the fire to the building of origin.
The training concluded with all participants a bit tired, dirty, and happy but just a little better prepared to provide an essential service for their communities.
Mutual Aid to Quilcene for Commercial Structure Fire
The Brinnon FD responded as a first alarm mutual aid request from Quilcene FD for a fully involved Heavy equipment service garage at the Penny Creek Quarry. BFD responded with 1 engine company 1 heavy tender and 1 Chief Officer. The fire was contained to the original building of origin, which was a total loss. Some damage to exposures did occur but there were no injuries. EJFR, PLF&R as well as Discovery Bay FD also rendered assistance.
Mutual Aid to Mason 17 for Commercial Structure Fire
The Brinnon FD responded to a second alarm mutual aid request from mason 17 for a 2 story boat house fire. BFD responded with 1 engine company 1 tender and 1 Chief Officer. The fire was contained to the attic area of the building. There were no occupants at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Wildland Fire spreads into a Structure Fire
The Brinnon FD responded to a reported wildland fire that was upgraded to a structure fire on Salmon Drive in the Olympic Canal Tracts. The 10 x 10 structure was being built by the property owner and was a complete loss. The Brinnon FD was assisted by the Quilcene FD, Mason 17 and Mason 1.
Joint Jurisdiction Vehicle Extrication Class
Brinnon Fire department hosted Mason 17 in a joint vehicle extrication class over a 3 day period. The class covered basic extrication techniques as well as advanced. Chief Herbst all taught several "old school" techniques that given our area might just come in handy some day. The cars and towing were provided by South County Towing.
Live Fire Training
Periodically we are contacted by property owners that are working on building new homes or just removing old structures. The old structures are then offered to the Brinnon FD for live fire training purposes. Since structure fires are not a frequent occurrence the Firefighting staff must keep their skills current and using these structures allows us to do this. The following photos were taken during a recent training evolution on Fulton Creek Road.