Firefighters from the Idaho Falls Fire Department will be conducting live burn training inside an old structure off Milligan Road in Snake River Landing beginning Friday, June 25 at 8:30 a.m., finishing around 3 p.m.
IFFD Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon, explains, “This burn is different than the controlled brush burn last Sunday in Snake River Landing which was done to prepare for the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks display. This burn is to sharpen the skills of senior firefighters while training new recruits on structure fires.”
The public may see light smoke and flames coming from inside the structure off and on throughout the day on Friday. If weather conditions and call volumes warrant, they may burn on Saturday, June 26 and will continue burning throughout the month of July as conditions warrant.
Hammon adds, “The burning will be conducted inside the structure in a controlled environment and extinguished quickly each time.”
The structure is located approximately 30 yards off Milligan Road so the road will remain open to motorists. However, there may be congestion along Milligan Road due to fire engines and water tenders coming and going from the property.
Live fire training is an important part of instruction and the qualification process for firefighters. Simulated training teaches them how to safely and efficiently fight fires while in a controlled and supervised setting.
“We extend our appreciation to Snake River Landing and Ball Ventures for donating the old structure to the department. We’re always looking for structures to train in that have been condemned and would otherwise be torn down,” adds Hammon.
Note: The photo in this press release is from a previous live burn conducted by IFFD in 2019.
Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, (208) 612-8122, [email protected].