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Salem Fire Department Plans Firefighter Training - UPDATE: Address Correction

News Release from: Salem Fire Dept.
Posted: August 22nd, 2012 9:34 AM
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UPDATE: Address correction. The training will be conducted in the 400 Block of Moyer Lane NW.

On Friday, August 24, the Salem Fire Department will be conducting firefighting training at a vacant structure located in the 4000 block of Moyer Lane NW in Salem, Oregon, between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

The training will concentrate on combating residential structure fires and will involve multiple firefighting forces, including command staff, fire engines, and ladder trucks. 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 house 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 7:30 am on August 24, Moyer Lane NW will be closed to all traffic. The road is scheduled to reopen by 3:00 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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