Live Burns: Maximizing Safety

BY MICHAEL KINKADE In the summer of 2007, a small Oregon fire district conducted a training burn in an acquired structure in a rural area outside the city limits. This rural department serves a small community with approximately 35 volunteer firefighters and one paid, part-time chief. The incident commander (IC) of this training event was a volunteer officer with this department and also an experienced career firefighter from a larger neighboring jurisdiction. The area in which the acquired structure was located had no water supply. It was a two-story farmhouse with approximately 1,500 square feet of living space and was of the typical wood-frame construction found in Oregon houses bui...

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