Flashover Survival Training


By KMVT News

Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

What is normally a scary reality for firefighters was a welcomed exercise at the Rock Creek Fire District.

At their first annual flashover survival training, firefighters got to examine what the dangerous experience is like.

Says Brent Blamires, Training Captain of the Rock Creek Fire District, “it’s probably one of the best experiences you could have. It’s a great one for us to train and learn from but it’s something in a controlled environment. We get to teach students to recognize that this is a controlled atmosphere where they can see real fires and real conditions.”

Taylor Hunsaker, firefighter with the Rock Creek Fire District, adds, “it’s not often you get to train with real fire. A lot of times you’re training with a smoke machine and fog machine. A chance to train with real fire is unique and fun. It gives you more of an idea what it’s going to be like.”

With all of their gear on, firefighters entered the trailer, which can exceed fifteen-hundred degrees.

Says Blamires, “we line it with wood in the burn chamber and light it on fire and the students and instructors get to watch it progress to the time we ignite it to the time we put it out.”

Hunsaker adds, “It’s warm. It is a whole lot of fun; it gives you a whole new experience on what a fire can do in a certain situation. It teaches you what to expect in a situation you don’t want to be in.”

Blamires notes, “you get to watch flameovers and fire fingers and get to learn about different fire patterns.”

Hunsaker adds, in a "house fire if you were in this situation you have about three to four seconds to get out before you are dead. In this situation you’re controlled and there’s no way to get hurt."

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