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Islands’ firefighters join in fire training

Town and island fire- fighters burned two  structures on False Bay Road as part of a joint live fire training exercise. - Contributed photo
Town and island fire- fighters burned two structures on False Bay Road as part of a joint live fire training exercise.
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The San Juan Island Fire Department was joined by firefighters from Friday Harbor in two recent live fire training exercises.

Two structures on False Bay Road were donated to the department for use in training exercises.

Prior to the live fire training, each structure was used in regular Monday night drills to practice search and rescue, and ventilation through holes cut in the roof.

When the time came to burn the structures, one was used for practicing initial attack and the second was used for training with compressed air foam applications. Compressed air foam, found on two of San Juan Island Fire Department’s engines, is used to maximize the firefighting capacity of a limited water supply.

“The firefighters are grateful to the Robert Doran family for their donation that made this invaluable training possible,” Assistant Fire Chief Brad Creesy said.

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