Firefighters feel the heat in training
Firefighters battled explosive flames at a house-burning exercise at the weekend.
The Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade took part in the training exercise, in which a house was systematically burned down.
It is designed to help firefighters understand the science of fire.
"We get offered houses that the public no longer have use for," the Fire Service's region four training manager Anton Daish said.
"They offer it to us as a training facility."
More than 20 firefighters took part in the training exercise, where they were taught how to deal with flashovers and unburned fuel, among other situations they might encounter in a real house fire.
"The exercise went really well," Daish said. "The firefighters got to go in at least two of three times. We progressively burn the house down room by room and you get up to five or six burns from each room. We teach them the best way to put out the fire and correct water application.
"It's a really valuable training exercise because we can have better saves in the community and it reduces the damage done to people's houses."
A small crowd gathered to watch the house burn.
"It's valuable for them because they can see how quickly a fire develops in the house and a fire might start coming out of the windows in three or four minutes. It reinforces the need for smoke alarms," Daish said.
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