Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday: A busy day from start to finish

Click on the photo to the left to see a slideshow from Wednesday at Municipal Fire School.

Wednesday was quite likely the busiest day of the year at Brayton Fire Training Field. The morning was filled with students receiving additional classroom or hands-on training, and then the entire field fell quiet during the noontime Guest Instructor Memorial Ceremony, which paid tribute to the 10 instructors who died since last year’s fire school. Their names are forever inscribed on the memorial wall near the front of the field.

But the most-exciting moments were during the evening, when instructors and students demonstrated firefighting techniques to a crowd of about 2,000. The fire props – simulating a variety of petrochemical plant scenarios – are among the largest in the world. The
props burned Wednesday evening were the Process Unit, Pump Alley, Aerial Cooler, Loading Terminal, Rail Tank Loading Rack, and multiple LPG scenarios.

Thursday will be the last full day of burning, and on Friday the tired 2,100 firefighters and 600 instructors will return home.

Video of the Public Demonstration:

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