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Firefighters learn lessons from live burn

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Larry Long house in rural Monett was donated to the Monett Fire Department for a fire training exercise. The building was burned while more than 50 firefighters practiced various firefighting skills in approaching the blaze. [Photos courtesy of Shane Anderson]
Monett firefighters recently participated in a house burning exercise on the Larry Long farm.

According to Shane Anderson, training officer for the Monett city department, how firefighters taking the firefighter 1 and 2 class chose to approach the blaze was important to pass the test required by the Division of Fire Safety and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

"The students had to demonstrate the ability to extinguish an ignitable liquid fire, propane cylinder fire, ground cover fire and perform two interior attacks on a structure," Anderson said. "This evolution can be done with a simulator, but the level of experience gained from 'acquiring a structure' makes it worth the extra work."

Holding a live burn required approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a review to determine the building was clear of asbestos and petroleum-based products.

A registered lead evaluator from the Division of Fire Safety also had to be on scene and witness the activities. Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, a former graduate of Monett's firefighter 1 and 2 program, served in that capacity, Anderson said.

The fire exercise had to comply with the National Fire Protection Association's standard on live fire training evolutions. Safety standards had to be met or exceeded and no one was to suffer an injury during the effort. Anderson said all the standards were met.

More than 50 firefighters particiated in the exercise. Departments involved included: Monett Fire Department, Monett Rural Fire Association, Pierce City Fire Department, Pierce City Rural Fire Association, Washburn Fire Department, Aurora City Fire Department and the Aurora Rural Fire Association.

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