The Kerrville Fire Department wants to let citizens know that it will be conducting live fire training this week at Fire Station No. 3, 3225 Legion Drive. The live fire training is a component of KFD’s quarterly fire scenario to practice tactics in heat and smoke under a controlled environment.
KFD conducts live fire training drills in a controlled setting using the department’s non-combustible facilities to ensure there is no danger of fires becoming out of control or spreading. KPD uses its four-story training tower made of non-combustible materials to simulate structure fires. The drill tower has a sprinkler system installed as a safety component, and KFD only burns a small quantity of hay inside the tower. The city says that the hay creates a smoke-filled environment with heat no more than 500 degrees. Ultimately, this provides essential training to firefighters by simulating a structure fire, and trains firefighters in forcible entry, hose advancement, pump operations, water streams, rescues, maydays, and other fire ground activities.
KFD also conducts live fire training in a Conex container. The container demonstrates fire behavior from inception and only uses class A fuels (wood, etc.) during this training evolution. Each of these live fire training evolutions are under complete control with no risk of spreading, according to a press release.
For additional information, visit the city’s website at www.kerrvilletx.gov.