On February 13th, a very cold day (22 to 28 degrees) here in the mountains of East Tennessee, the first live fire training exercise was carried out by six East Tennessee Volunteer Fire Departments. The new live fire training grounds are located in Johnson County at the Neva Volunteer Fire Department in Mountain City, Tennessee. The departments that participated in the training were Butler, Dry Run, First District, Hampton Valley, Neva and Shady Valley fire departments.
On the grounds, there are areas to simulate different types of fire scenarios. There is a burn building that simulates fire conditions that a fire fighter will come in contact with during a structure fire. The burn building has been fitted with a sprinkler system and stand pipe for the safety of the firefighters and instructors. There is an area with a car that has been stripped to meet all local EPA rules to simulate a car fire. There is also a propane tank and dumpster area to simulate a fire in these areas. All fire areas are fed with propane and multiple safety cut off values have been installed for protection.
Beside the fire fighting training, there has been a training tower built to help in rope rescue and multi level search and rescue.
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