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Frisco Tire to be torched for training

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

FRISCO – The old Frisco Tire and Service building in Frisco will be torched next week as part of a training exercise for local firefighters. The business, located on Third Avenue and Granite Street in Frisco, closed earlier this month and the land owner plans to replace it with high-end condominiums.But first, local firefighters will repeatedly set the building on fire and attack the flames during a three-day exercise to hone their skills in a live fire scenario.”You can sit in class, you can drag empty hose around and you can practice crawling and company tactics, but you cannot replicate fire training without a burning structure,” said Capt. Paul Kuhn, Training Captain of the Summit Fire Authority’s High Country Training Center. “This unique opportunity will allow us, under controlled conditions, to test new tactics and firefighter coordination in a real fire environment.”The live training will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. During this time, Third Avenue will be closed from Granite to Teller streets, as well as the alley between Granite and Teller streets. Granite Street will remain open to traffic.Nearby residents and onlookers will hear some noise and will probably smell smoke due to the nature of the training. Firefighters welcome onlookers and inquiries on the training, but request the public’s cooperation in observing from a safe distance and not entering the training area where crews are working. Safety officers and training specialists will be on site, both inside and outside the structure, during drills to ensure the firefighters’ safety.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at

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