Direct, Tigertown, Hopewell, Powderly and Lamar Point volunteer fire departments took part in a structure fire training Saturday.
Ronnie Bass, training officer and firefighter with Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department, said about 25 firefighters trained for about three hours.
“We performed acclimation burns to teach live fire behavior, as well as watched their abilities in live fire situations,” Bass said.
Roger Bussell, Powderly Volunteer Fire Department Chief, also commended the training and trainees.
“The trainees did well, and everyone went in, they got to see it,” Bussell said. “No one panicked, and for a lot of these guys, it may have been the first time for them to be inside and see that — see how hot it gets in there.”
During the training, Bussell said, everyone involved stayed calm, and no one panicked while inside the structure.
“The instructors did a really good job on making sure everyone was safe and no one was put into any danger at any time,” he said. “It was a really good training.”
Bussell said about three-four instructors, who were under control of the situation, were inside the structure with the training, “walking them through the training.
A lot guys who haven’t been inside a structure fire, who haven’t seen this, got to see and learn how a fire grows,” Bussell said.
During the training, the fire grew to the point of a flashover. Bussell explained a flashover is when smoke is thick and temperatures rise exponentially in a room and it all catches fire at once.
“It goes from a fire in a room to a room on fire,” Bussell said. “It’s a very dangerous situation — where you could get killed in there real quick if you’re in there when the flashover happens.”
The good thing, Bussell said, is the trainees could understand the indicators leading up to a flashover. As the fire grew, he told the trainees to focus on how the smoke was lazily billowing to “rolling and pushing out the window.
You can see what’s called the thermal layer of the smoke moving closer and closer to the floor level, then you see the whole room just ignite,” Bussell said.
The training was hosted by Direct Volunteer Fire Department near Farm to Market Road 2352.
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