PHOTOS: 'Burn to Learn' in Hillsboro
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue used a donated house on Southeast Currin Drive, near Southeast River Road, to help train firefighters on techniques to fight fire.
This donated house had been used by the department last Wednesday, Nov. 6, for simulated fire searches with fog machines and heat sources so firefighters with handheld thermal imagers could find the simulated fire. Firefighters also used this time to practice rescue procedures within the house.
On Friday, Nov. 15, firefighters separated the small house into nine sections and used hay and pallets in each section to start small fires that five different sets of crews would put out.
The fire department invited firefighters from Forest Grove, Cornelius, Gaston and Banks on Friday to train along with them. Some firefighters were so new that they hadn't yet been in a fire.
After about two hours of firefighting in each section of the house, the house was set on fire in a couple of spots and allowed to burn. Due to the close proximity to other houses, firefighters had to keep water on the fire in places to keep embers from flying and catching other structures on fire.
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