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Station 20,30,60 participate in NFPA 1403 Live Burn Course
Mon. Jul 16th 2018

 

TRAINING- The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA mission aligns with local Jackson County fire departments, “to help save lives and reduce loss.”

Recently, a NFPA 1403 Live Burn class was held at the Medina burn building site. This facility was founded by station 20's Chief Lee Thomas in the mid-2000s with the assistance of current Chief Jason Baltic. Mr. Baltic shared, " we were able to get the property leased from Carol Moore," Baltic went on," at first we decided we wanted a training facility, and burn building, however as time transpierced it turned into a burn building and substation."

Mr. Baltic stated, " We had to meet the Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code," he continued, " Anthony Coricho at the Fire Marshalls office was over the fire department regulations and licensing at the time. He'd went through the codes with us showing us what could and couldn't be done." The idea for the facility in Jackson County originated from Princeton Fire Department.

Mr. Baltic commented, " The facility was funded through donations, we didn't use any state or county funds, getting the land ready took a while," he went on," however in 2008 things came together, in 2010 we purchased an additional engine for our metal substation there. This provided further coverage to the Northside of the county."

Mr. Baltic stated," The burn site is two conx containers in a l- shape , and in the top of "T" we have a large steel dumpster where the burn is contained, " he continued, "as far as safety we have an entry line for our crews on both sides of the conx containers and we also provide safety briefings prior to and after the burn." The facility provides a safe environment for new fire department members to gain experience in extreme conditions.

" A lot of times, years ago, we learned at 3'oclock on a structure fire how to fight fire on the inside and make an interior attack. You didn't have a chance to see what it was like in a controlled environment prior to going out in an area completely uncontrolled," shared Baltic.

The Chief of Station 30 Richard Gobble commented, " These students were what I'd refer to as brand new rookies, they were green, never been into a live fire. Of course, safety is the utmost paramount, we have highly experienced people teaching them what to look for when they go in."

Gobble stated," A lot of people have the misconception, you can spray water on the fire and it goes out, when in fact you need to go to the seed of the fire which is why we have the gear we have," he continued," when were down on the ground the temperature may be 300 degrees but getting up on our knees can bring it up to 700 degrees. There's that much of a difference and these guys get a feel for that in a safe controlled environment," adding," it’s a special feeling to know that once they've completed their class you've played a role in shaping and molding this individual."

Gobble commented, " What the chiefs of Jackson County, myself, Jason Baltic, Mike Morrison, Craig BlackHurst and Lori Pierson, we are all working towards a common goal, being able to provide the best service to the citizens of Jackson County as a whole."

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