Firefighters to train in Frisco next week
FRISCO – Summit Fire Authority is conducting “live fire” training exercises using a house in Frisco scheduled for demolition on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Neighbors and visitors in the Frisco Street area between 2nd and 3rd streets in Frisco may be concerned when they see a house in their neighborhood repeatedly set on fire, then attacked by firefighter crews chopping holes in the roof, fire crews entering the smoke-filled hallways or breaking through the two-car garage to get to another section of the house. They need not be too concerned though. The firefighters have permission from the owner to use and destroy the house as part of “live fire” training being conducted by the Summit Fire Authority’s training center.The training will take place at 216 Frisco Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all three days. Fire crews from all of the Summit County fire protection districts (Copper Mountain, Lake Dillon, Red, White & Blue, Snake River) will train on the house with scenarios that “mock” a real fire in a real structure. Training will consist of “live fire” with fire attack, forcible entry, search and rescue and ventilation practices. Multiple pieces of fire apparatus (such as fire engines, ladder trucks, hoses and gear) will be placed on Frisco Street between Second and Third streets during these three days, so residents and guests may see cones and incident tape cordoning off particular areas. During the training, smoke and flames may be visible from outside the structure. The training may also produce some noise from diesel engines, chain saws and general firefighting activities. “We understand that some residents and guests will be affected by this training and concerned about the disturbance to their neighborhood, but we would like them to understand the great benefit this type of training provides to every member of this community,” said training chief Lori Miller with the Summit Fire Authority.
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