South Deerfield, MA - After weeks and countless hours of pre planning, preparation and training, South Deerfield Fire Department held a multi-departmental training exercise and controlled burn Saturday.
The chilly October morning began with a team briefing and schedule of events. The day ran quick and efficiently. Firefighters participating from Conway, Greenfield, Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and host department South Deerfield, ran eight plus evolutions. The communication between departments and teams was impressive.
Firefighters learned basic skills including fire behavior, reading smoke, ventilation and protecting exposures. During the actual burn they were also able to experience fire progression and learning the signs of structural integrity and failure.
Today was a rare and invaluable opportunity for all. It takes a committed group of people to want to bring this level of training and realism to their community. For that we are thankful.
Outstanding job by everyone involved.