Live fire exercise teaches firefighting skills

40 volunteer firefighters from departments in Pritchard, Barriere, Little Fort, Blackpool, Vavenby and Blue River took part

Kenny Nesbit and Brayden Ive of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department advance on a burning dumpster fire while Blackpool firefighter Mike Langenhan prepares to support the lid with a pike pole. (Below) Barriere firefighter Jason Ficke of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department uses a pike pole to hold up a dumpster lid while Blackpool firefighter Mike Langenhan extinguishes the fire inside.

Kenny Nesbit and Brayden Ive of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department advance on a burning dumpster fire while Blackpool firefighter Mike Langenhan prepares to support the lid with a pike pole. (Below) Barriere firefighter Jason Ficke of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department uses a pike pole to hold up a dumpster lid while Blackpool firefighter Mike Langenhan extinguishes the fire inside.

About in a live fire exercise put on by Blackpool Fire Department last Sunday.

Another contingent, made up of those who were working or who had to stay back to man their fire-halls, took part in a practice held Wednesday evening.

Purpose of the exercise was to help the firefighters for their certifications, explained Blackpool deputy fire chief Mike Savage, who helped organize the event.

The participants practiced exterior and interior firefighting skills, including dumpster, vehicle, and Class A (solids such as paper, wood or plastic) fires. They also learned about shutting down utilities such as fuel oil and propane tanks as well as emergency scene management.

Most of the exercise took place on a large paved area next to Blackpool firehall, with permission from owner Bruce Hanna. Jager Garbage provided a large bin for the exercise, while Fleetwest, TNRD and Canfor contributed wood pallets and scrap ends for burning.