Learn from a burn

Recruits go to work at South King County Fire Training Consortium

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:30pm
  • News

The South King County Fire Training Consortium (SKCFTC) conducted live fire training on Nov. 26 at a house burn, 1590 Thornton Ave. SW, Pacific, right off State Route 167, between Sumner and Pacific.

Live fire training is the use of a specially-prepared structure that is ignited under controlled conditions to allow firefighters to train in a realistic environment. Furniture, appliances, carpet, linoleum and other oil-based materials are removed prior to the training, leaving just the shell of the structure.

The training was organized for SKCFTC Recruit Academy No. 8. Each of the 38-firefighter recruits rotated through residential fire scenarios where they gained valuable experience in fire dynamics, fire tactics and hose management.

“This training is crucial in preparing new firefighters to serve the South King County community. It gives them the opportunity to experience fighting fire through realistic scenarios that may be encountered throughout their career,” said SKCFTC Battalion Chief Rick Cox.

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