More than 40 firefighters from across Dare County, NC met this past Saturday in Duck, NC for a training burn as part of FF I and II Fire Control Class.
The training gave firefighters a chance to practice fire suppression in a controlled environment-an environment they designed and built themselves.
The burn, which was held in conjunction with the College of the Albemarle, was conducted in a two-story 1,000 square foot house built by Duck Volunteer Fire Department volunteers for this training. Building and burning the house has become an annual event for the department. It took approximately 3 months to build the structure, and according to Fire Chief John Brock, has been well worth the investment.
The house includes both an interior and exterior stairwell, three fire rooms, and hallways running the length of the house, all reinforced with extra sheetrock and 2 x 10 structural beams.
In addition to the fire control class, the Duck Volunteer Fire Department will be using the structure for in-house training until early spring before they burn it down and begin planning for next year.