BOONVILLE — Members of the Boonville Fire Department participated in a live training fire on Saturday, an opportunity that officials said was extremely beneficial for their department.
The two-story cinder block home located in front of the Boonville Baptist Church was donated several months ago to the department for the purpose of training, said Assistant Fire Chief Nick Wylie. The location will eventually became an additional parking lot for the church.
Wylie said the department had been using the home for nearly six months now for training using theatrical smoke to help train volunteers.
On Saturday, with the help of state certified instructors, several live fires were lit inside the structure and department members were sent in three at a time to practice putting out the fires.
“We got a lot of good burns out of it,” said Fire Chief J.R. Shore.
Shore and Wylie said this type of live, yet controlled, fire event was extremely beneficial, particularly for new volunteer firefighters who have yet to experience a real fire.
“It’s very beneficial especially for those who’ve never seen it or done it,” Shore said. “It’s a great training opportunity to get them used to it and it gives them more experience.”
Wylie said some new equipment the department recently acquired thanks to a state grant also was being used for the training.
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