Planning Drill Gets Most Out of Burning Building

Issue 3 and Volume 130.

Planning Drill Gets Most Out of Burning Building features In the June 1976 issue of Fire Engineering, an article by David R. White suggested using buildings scheduled for demolition for fire department training. Under the direction of Chiefs Richard Kaufmann, William Howley and Thomas Bartsch, the Valley Stream, N. Y., Fire Department undertook just such a venture. It is felt that the experience gained was invaluable and warrants the consideration of all departments with little or no access to organized training facilities. We hope the material presented prompts others to develop the idea more fully. After obtaining the owner’s permission, the chiefs and the department training committee surveyed the 30 X 40-foot, 2 1/2-story, brick dwelling that was to be used. The floor layout, potential hazards, and structural integrity were among the things checked. The immediate problem was debris and damage. The debris, which included broken glass and wall fragments,…

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