PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department will be using a house that is to be torn down for training later today. The PFD’s Deputy Chief Cory Hoffrogge says the home is located at 320 South Chapelle Street. Hoffrogge says about 6:30 p.m., department members will congregate in the 300 block of South Chapelle with trucks and other units and will use a machine to fill the home with smoke to train in various firefighting scenarios. Hoffrogge says the street will be shut down to traffic and residents are advised that though it might look like a realistic fire scene, it’s all for testing purposes.
Hoffrogge says the smoke device makes it hard to see inside structures and gives firefighters an idea of the visibility conditions in a smoky building. He says training like this is good for both members in-training and for long-time members, as well.
Crews will test their skills in search and rescue; ventilation training and other response techniques. Hoffrogge says the last time the department had a chance to use an abandoned building to train was about a year ago. He says a nearby business is letting the department use the house today; and tomorrow, a schedule calls for the house to be torn down. Firefighters should be at the home on South Chapelle until about 9:00 p.m. tonight.
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