Submitted by Assistant Chief Don Swain.
Orcas Island is excited to announce an upcoming Live Fire Burn Training Exercise to enhance our dedicated firefighters’ skills and preparedness. Pending safe weather conditions, this training exercise will occur on February 24th at The Old Glenwood Inn property near the north shore. It will provide an invaluable opportunity for our firefighters to gain practical experience in a controlled environment.
The Live Fire Burn Training Exercise is an essential component of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest level of safety and proficiency among our firefighting personnel. By simulating real-life fire scenarios, our firefighters will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, enhance their decision-making abilities, and further develop their teamwork and communication skills.
During the training exercise, participants engage in controlled fire scenarios. These scenarios will allow our firefighters to experience firsthand the challenges and complexities associated with firefighting operations while maintaining a strong focus on safety and industry standards.
The safety of our firefighters and the public is our utmost priority. OIFR conducts this Live Fire Burn Training Exercise in strict accordance with the guidelines and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1403) and WAC 296-305-05502. Trained Instructors, Fire Chiefs, and the department Safety Officer will be present throughout the exercise to monitor and control the training environment, ensuring that all necessary safety precautions are in place. No toxic fire suppression chemicals will be used in this exercise.
We extend our gratitude to the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank for providing us with this opportunity and to the residents of Orcas for their support and understanding during this important training exercise. We also want to express our appreciation to our dedicated department members.