Friday, November 4, 2011

Firefighters train in empty building

KFD seeks other doomed structures for training opportunities

Express Staff Writer

Where there's smoke, there's not necessarily fire.

The Ketchum Fire Department conducted interior-structure training in a vacant building on Washington Avenue, between First and Second streets, in Ketchum on Tuesday.

Passersby might have seen artificial smoke coming from the building, but there was no cause for alarm, said Fire Chief Mike Elle.

The department will conduct more training, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. using both real and artificial smoke. On Saturday, Nov. 12, fire academy recruits will take a final test within the building's confines.

Washington Avenue between First and Second streets will be closed during the training sessions.

"We ask that people not drive over the firehoses," Elle said.

The city determined that the building was uninhabitable due in part to its weak roof that can't handle heavy snow loads. It is marked for demolition.

Anyone who owns a doomed building that could be used for training is asked to contact the Ketchum Fire Department.

Rebecca Meany:

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.