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Salem Fire Department Plans Firefighter Training

News Release from: Salem Fire Dept.
Posted: May 16th, 2012 9:16 AM
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Salem Fire Department Plans Firefighter Training

On Saturday, May 19 the Salem Fire Department will be conducting firefighting training at vacant structures located in the 4400 block of Market Street NE in Salem, Oregon. Future training at the same location is also planned for June 10, 2012

The training will concentrate on combating residential structure fires and will involve multiple firefighting forces, including command staff, fire engines, ladder trucks, and mobile water supply units. This live-fire training, also known as a "Burn to Learn", is designed to provide realistic interior firefighting conditions for firefighters and is conducted in accordance with strict safety guidelines.

Training objectives include fire ground safety, communication, firefighting strategy and tactics, search and rescue, ventilation, and fire suppression. When the interior fire training drills are completed, the houses will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner with fire crews on scene and in control.

During the fire training activity, other crews will remain available throughout the city to respond to emergencies. Road closures will also be in effect during the training exercise. Beginning at 7:00 am on May 19, Market Street NE between Tierra Dive NE and 45th Avenue NE will be closed to all through traffic. A detour route will be set up using Lancaster Drive NE to Sunnyview Drive NE and 45th Avenue NE. The road is scheduled to reopen at 4:00 pm.

Residential fires represent approximately 80% of the structural fires that Salem Firefighters respond to each year. These fires also account for the majority of civilian deaths and injuries, as well as the majority of firefighter injuries. Kitchen fires, heating equipment, and careless smoking are leading causes of residential structure fires and are both predicable and preventable.

Salem Fire reminds everyone to take responsible action in preventing fires and planning ahead for your safety. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to install, maintain, and test smoke alarms in your home. A working smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire. Make and practice a home fire escape plan and set a meeting place outside. Be sure everyone in your family knows at least two escape routes from their bedrooms.

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