Practice Burn |

Practice Burn

Eileen JoyceOne of the chicken coops becomes fully engulfed in flame before firefighters get to the scene, giving them a chance to attack some big flames.
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Just get the hoses off the engines and put the wet stuff on the red stuff.

Before an April 13 fire training, Peardale- Chicago Park Capt. Howard Drummond wanted to make sure everyone knew what was most important.

Two volunteer fire departments, Ophir Hill and Peardale Chicago Park, spent the day burning down three large chicken coops on a parcel off Lower Colfax Road. The departments practiced initial attack on the fire; getting to the scene and deciding what resources will be needed; sizing up the best way to attack the fire – and doing it all as quickly as possible.

As captains made sure the fire didn’t get out of control, firefighters lit sections of the coops on fire one at a time. After the fire took off, engines were dispatched to the scene, and firefighters practiced getting the fire out as quickly as possible.

The burns provided a real-life learning experience for firefighters and were a blessing for the property’s owners, Richard and Sonna Hodges. The departments got all the permits needed for the fire and helped the Hodges get rid of three large buildings they have been dying to remove.

“I don’t know how long it would have taken us to get these buildings down,”said Sonna Hodges as she watched the fire grow. “But if these guys can learn something, that’s even better.”

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