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Heads up: PFA hosting live-burn training

Post Date:05/09/2018

Those of us at Poudre Fire Authority wanted to take a moment to let you know you may see smoke and fire at a nearby Larimer County property, north of Fort Collins, during a multi-agency live-burn training later this month.

As weather conditions allow, the training is slated for May 22 at 325 N. Taft Hill Road, at a property donated by a private owner. May 23 is an alternate date for the training event. Please don’t call 911 to report smoke or fire you see from this location. Our partners at the dispatch centers are aware of the training and what it entails.

The training is not open to the public.

Those with questions about the training may contact PFA Training Capt. Gene Maccarini at 970-518-5107 or gmaccarini@poudre-fire.org.

A total of four burns will take place over the course of a day from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Poudre Fire Authority (PFA), Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Laramie Fire District No. 2 personnel will take part in the training.

The training is designed to give firefighters hands-on practice and collect data that helps in their ongoing quest to better understand fire’s behavior and dynamics, which in turn drives fire-suppression techniques. Personnel will collect images, videos and temperature readings during the burns. Fire investigators will also have an opportunity to train, conducting a mock investigation of a burn.

Barring necessary circumstances, it is unlikely that firefighters will enter the home during the burns.

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Firefighters will practice exterior firefighting techniques with use of the FogNail. FogNail nozzles attach to a hose and produce tiny water molecules that are effective in absorbing heat and energy using less water. Using a FogNail, the fire is extinguished, conditions are comparably safer for firefighters, and the technique results in less damage to the home.

All necessary permits are in place with the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, and Poudre Fire Authority’s Community Safety and Service Division, which reviews burn permit requests. Air quality and health impacts were evaluated as part of the planning process, and determined to be minimal.

PFA thanks you all, in advance, for your patience and understanding as this unique training opportunity is underway.

A portion of North Taft Hill Road will be closed in the immediate area of the training. Residents will be able to access their properties. Members of the public should plan to use detour and alternate routes.

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Those with questions may contact PFA Training Capt. Gene Maccarini at 970-518-5107 or gmaccarini@poudre-fire.org.