News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 12, 2018
Training burn provides real world experience

Teamwork at a training burn

Firefighters attack flames from outside the structure, practicing skills with a hose, at a training burn in Stonington.

Photo courtesy of Darlene Hatch

by Faith DeAmbrose

Members of the Stonington Volunteer Fire Department were joined by their counterparts in Deer Isle and Sedgwick as they took part in a structured training burn on Sunday, April 8, in Greenhead.

The site of the training exercise was once the longtime homestead of Ivan Arey, but after his 2011 death, the property was purchased by George and Anne Hackl who own abutting property.

According to Fire Chief Ryan Hayward the property was beyond repair and the new owners approached the department with the opportunity to utilize the structure for training purposes.

Firefighters were able to train in areas such as extinguishing live burns inside a structure, creating plans for ventilation, mock scenarios and pump operations with the trucks.

The exercise began at 8 a.m. and concluded at 2 p.m.

“We have a few new people [among the three departments] who got good experience,” said Hayward, adding that it is not too often all three departments have the opportunity to work together in ways that don’t involve an emergency situation.