Local fire departments benefit from live burn training

DARKE COUNTY – Several local fire departments took part in a live burn training, hosted by the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department, Saturday at 3068 Beamsville-Union City Rd.

The empty five-bedroom brick ranch-style home was offered to the department for training after being purchased by James and Nancy Troutwine during a sheriff’s auction of the property. James said the property was in bad shape and was happy to allow the firefighters to burn it down, while getting some valuable training in the process.

All training was to put inexperience firefighters that haven’t see actual fire with heat smoke and limited visibility,” stated Ansonia Fire Chief Bill Clark. “Today’s fires are hotter and chances of backdraft or flashover has increased greatly do to the building materials – plus the use of plastics and man made furnishings have made it more deadly now than in the past. This kind of live burn training is paramount.”

“We would like to thank James and Nancy Troutwine for the house that we trained in and alll the departments for participating in the training,” Chief Clark added. “We got a minimum of 20 live fire burns out of the building…one of best burns I ever had in my years on the department.”

In addition to Ansonia, firefighters from Greenville Township, Rossburg, Union City Ohio and Versailles fire departments took part in the structure fire scenario training. Ansonia Rescue was also on scene of the training to offer assistance if needed.

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