by Dick Kauffman
November 3, 2003
Monday - 12:10 am
Ketchikan, Alaska - Saturday, thirty firefighters from the Ketchikan
City Fire Department, along with four firefighters from the South
Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and two firefighters from
the North Tongass Fire Department conducted firefighting training
for approximately four hours at two vacant houses on the corner
of Madison Street and 4th Avenue.
Smoke comes from this
vacant house after a fire is set for training purposes...
Various types of fires were started in different rooms of the
two-story homes in order to provide realistic fire training scenarios
for the crews. After each training fire was extinguished by a
crew, another fire would be set for a different crew to extinguish.
The original plan was to continue
the firefighting drills until the two vacant buildings were burned
to the ground. However, due to winds gusting up to 25 miles per
hour, the plan to burn the vacant homes to the ground was canceled
until a later date.
These vacant homes are owned
by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. After the homes are demolished,
the Borough plans to use the lots to provide additional high
photos by Dick Kauffman
The two vacant houses
that were used in the firefighting training...
Crews waiting their
turns for training exercises...
Yellow hats are worn
by qualified fire fighters Jason Spear,
Presco Ancheta & Frank Divelbiss.
Ketchikan Fire Department
Chief Rich Leipfert
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