Lewis & Clark and the Olney-Walluski fire departments, along with Lewis and Clark Community Emergency Response Teams, conducted a “Burn to Learn exercise in the Lewis and Clark area Saturday, April 20.

Lewis & Clark Fire Chief Jeff Golightly said, “We used it to help train some of our volunteers who have never had fire experience.” He added, “It’s also a good refresher even for those experienced personnel.

“Although we were obviously not trying to put this fire out, it allowed us to work on both defensive and exposure protection. We were also inside the structure on several occasions before we set it ablaze to conduct search and rescue training.”

Aaron Bielemeier, a volunteer training officer for Lewis and Clark, said, “It really helped to show the characteristics of fire behavior. It’s as realistic a training as you can get without having a real structural fire.”

Golightly pointed out that this was the equivalent of about eight to 10 dump trucks of refuse reduced to probably a single load. And it cost the recipient, the owner of the property, Marlene Elder, a donation of $250.

The Lewis & Clark main fire station in Jeffers Garden, 34571 Business Highway 101, will have an open house from noon to 5 p.m. May 4.

Lewis &?Clark Rural Fire Protection District will have a levy on the May 21 election ballot for a renewal of the five-year local option tax to support general operations.



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