DVIDS – News – Kingsley Field Fire Department partners with community for “Burn-to-Learn”


Kingsley Field firefighters partnered with local community organizations to refine the fire response structure on December 8, 2021.

Klamath Falls Fire District One invited firefighters from Kingsley Field to participate in a “Burn-to-Learn” event held on a condemned structure on the south side of town.

The structure, an old house visibly in disrepair, had not survived its usefulness even though it was no longer habitable. The structure served as a training ground for firefighters from both districts, as well as fire science students from Klamath Community College, who were on hand to participate, equipped with full personal protective equipment.

The training began when firefighters started small fires in different rooms of the house and observed the behavior of the fire. They smothered those initial fires at some point to avoid burning the entire structure.

“Practicing skills in a live fire environment is essential to be prepared to fight a Kingsley fire,” said Howard Owens, Kingsley Fire Chief. “It also strengthens the partnership with the lead agency that will support Kingsley in an emergency; we have staff to mitigate small incidents – for a large scale event we would need assistance through peer support.
And so this process relates directly to a real-world scenario where the firefighters from District 1 and the base would work side by side as a team.

The final step in the ‘Burn-to-Learn’ process was to start a number of fires throughout the structure and observe the hell that ensues while protecting the local area, including trees and pastures.

Owens says the value of the training ranges from observing the influence of the building’s construction on the spread of the fire, from radio communication between the crew, to the efficient choice of nozzles for better suppression.

In addition to strengthening the partnership with the local fire district, five firefighters also responded to an Air Force requirement for live fire training at a local location, rather than traveling five hours to Travis base. Air Force in California.

Date taken: 12.08.2021
Date posted: 14.14.2021 16:17
Story ID: 411118
Site: KLAMATH FALLS, OR, US

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