^ Lundbreck Station first responders - Duncan Gano, Aaron Layton, Kerry Smyke, Sandra Gano, Captain Anne Molnar, Kristy Stevens. Not pictured: Dawn Heerschap.
^ Beaver Mines Station first responders - #9 Captain Allen Tapay, #57 Greg Hession, #64 Kevin Kelly, # 44 Tom Judd, #56 Hawkin Everts, not pictured: Marg Cox, Steve Oczkowski
On Wednesday evening May 20 first responders from the Beaver Mines and Lundbreck fire stations came to Pincher Creek for a joint practice session with a rare opportunity - a building that is going to be demolished on Main Street Pincher Creek. They focused on venting. Venting a structure properly can help contain and direct a fire. If venting is done improperly it can speed the destruction of a property.
|Hawkin Everts demonstrates checking a roof to see if it's safe to walk on|
Tapay also explained how directing water directly on the fire can create problems. He said that running the water along the ceiling can help cool the room, and water turns to steam in the enclosed space. "As it turns to steam, the volume of water goes up something like 1,000% over the size it was originally. But the thing is that we're cooling the ceiling off first, where the most heat is." He reminded the fire fighters to never stand someone up if they are found in a fire. "It may be 70 or 100 degrees down here,' indicating an area about two feet off the ground "but it might be 400 degrees up here (at his shoulder), because the heat is coming down from the ceiling and will just kill them anyways."
|Kerry Smyke cuts a piece of OSB to cover the vent hole|
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