District 6 firefighters to train on residential home

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 will practice responding to a blaze today on a two-story house due to be demolished later this week.

Located at 7705 N.W. Anderson Ave., the training session will not affect traffic but could look like a real emergency, according to a bulletin announcing the drill.

A smoke machine will be used to limit visibility on the top floor, creating a scenario in which firefighters will work through limited visibility to seek out mannequins. Firefighters will practice ventilation techniques, including cutting holes in the roof to create an exit point for smoke, heat and gases.

"The District is grateful for any chance to test firefighting skills in a realistic and unfamiliar setting," Shawn Newberry, the department's training captain, said.

Today's exercise is expected to last until 5 p.m. and resume at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.