Weirton firefighters, paid and volunteer, are getting a taste of what it's like to face a structure fire in multiple scenarios as part of a live burn training exercise being held this week.
The Weirton Fire Department is participating in a state-approved live burn training with a house left standing for the training after demolitions took place near the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue as it approaches state Route 2.
According to Captain Jerry Shumate, the training began on Sunday and will continue until Thursday.
BURN?TRAINING — The Weirton Fire Department participated in a state-approved live burn training with a house left standing for the training after demolitions took place near the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue as it approaches state Route 2. The training began Sunday and will continue until Thursday. -- Angelina Dickson
He said the paid firefighters will be there each of the four days the live burn training takes place while an on-duty crew will be available for calls and trainees will also be available if needed. He added volunteers have also participated in the training and are welcome to come to the scene anytime during training.
Shumate said there are seven rooms where they set up scenarios to run exercises to allow the firefighters to douse the flames after entering from different areas of the house. He said in order to be able to do the training, permits had to be obtained from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to state regulations, Shumate said, in order to conduct the training an ambulance has to be on scene to take vitals of personnel and to be available for emergency purposes.
Training will continue on Wednesday and Thursday. Start time for live burn training on both days is noon
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)