Friday, May 6, 2005

Let us stand next to your fire

Photo by David N. Seelig

Give us a house to learn on, fire departments beg. Always on the search, a donation of a house for practice purposes is a rare gift. On Wednesday, May 4, the Hailey and Bellevue volunteer fire departments got lucky. Owners of the Wicked Spud, Mike Broman and Steve Hogan, donated their vacant house next door to the Hailey Main Street eatery for the departments to practice fire-fighting techniques. Among the maneuvers the four teams practiced were breaking in through the floor of the house to water down a basement or crawl space, creating a vertical ventilation through the roof, breaking through windows to release smoke and feeling the heat levels through doors. "Most of what we're doing is stuff you don't see normally," said Carl Hjelm, Hailey's assistant fire chief. "When you see flames, you've already lost the building."

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