Burning and Learning

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Jackson Township Fire Department received a rare gift this month: a structure to train in and then burn down. During the first two weeks of February, the firefighting personnel practiced search and rescue, hose deployment, hose operations and all the basic training needed, especially for the more inexperienced members of the crew. “Live training is a great experience for them,” said Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Quincel. “It’s not very often that we are offered a structure like this to train in so this experience has been invaluable for the department.” The property, a former home on Hoover Road, is currently owned by Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services.
Above, If this were a close-up of Lt. Dan Reese, one would see the resignation on his face as he watches this fire. It was shortly after the training operation ended for the day on Feb. 12 and then this live fire started to move through the upstairs quarters. Reese, who retired on Feb. 16, said while he would miss aspects of his job, he would definitely not miss live training and their occasional spontaneous fires.
Firefighter Doug Kiser waits for instruction.
Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Quincel (left) and Greg Richards take a break.
Though they had just put out the live fire, firefighters continue to spray down the structure just to be safe. “It’s not the day to let the property go,” said Quincel. “We have to save it for our big burn on Saturday (Feb. 13).”


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