CENTERBURG — Some rare, invaluable training was offered for local firefighters Saturday evening when the Central Ohio Joint Fire District conducted a controlled burn on a residential structure on Ohio 3, on the southwest edge of Centerburg.
Having a useable structure to conduct some true-to-life training for the first time in three years was a real plus for COJFD Chief Joe Porter.
“You really are not able to simulate true fire conditions in a ‘training prop,’” said Porter. While the state fire academy has “a wonderful fire training building, we have the opportunity to have a structure to do training burns in; that’s where we have fires. We don’t have fires in training towers.”
Goals that Porter was focusing on in this training were fire suppression, water supply and movement. A Village of Centerburg hydrant located 300 feet from the building was utilized for the event. Nearly 3,000 gallons of water was available from two tankers in the event the hydrant did not function adequately. A makeshift lagoon also held a large amount of water pumped in from the Hartford Township tanker and was able to feed water to two other tankers.
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