Studholme property to be torched

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 08:42 10/07/2014

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A house will go up in flames in Studholme on Sunday, all for the benefit of the Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The property on an area of land on Hannaton Rd will be torched so more than 20 volunteer firefighters can refine their search and rescue skills.

Waimate Volunteer Fire brigade Chief Fire Officer Duncan Lyall said firefighters will enter the burning building to "save" a dummy from the flames, under the watch of six instructors from Christchurch and one from Timaru.

"They're also going to put some sprinklers in the house and show us exactly how they work in that setting.

"That's going to be something new; I've never seen them used in a house."

Lyall believes realistic training exercises such as the one taking place on Sunday, which are held "every few years", are beneficial to both novice and experienced volunteers.

"It gets them used to going into an extremely hot environment. We have some younger volunteers, so it will be good experience for them. It will be good for the older guys too, to remind them how hot it gets."

Lyall said the fire service has planned well in advance for the exercise, with approval for the exercise granted by the Waimate District Council, the property owner and Environment Canterbury.

He said the building's owner wanted "to get rid of" the property which is no longer used. The exercise takes place between 8am and 3pm.

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- The Timaru Herald

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