A giant blaze rose from a house on Division Street in Biloxi this morning, but thankfully that massive fire was on purpose. News 25’s Caroline Eaker was on hand as the Biloxi fire department and Keesler fire rescue took part in a rare training exercise.
It’s not in a fire fighters nature to start a fire or sit back and watch the flames grow but, Tuesday morning that is exactly what members of the Biloxi fire department did all for training purposes.
Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney says, “Every now and then we get an opportunity to burn a structure there is a lot that goes into it we have to apply through the state, the EPA and stuff to make sure that we do it properly and now we are going to use it for training…for training our personnel.”
Torching the house put Keesler and Biloxi fire fighters in a reality situation where they would have to learn how to battle the flames as well as make real time decisions.
“It’s really important for us to be able to have these types of training scenarios because it’s the closest we can get to an actual structure fire and it allows us to give these guys a situation awareness so that when they do fight a real fire they have a little bit of experience to draw from,” says Chief Boney.
During the training, fire fighters set a series of three fires in the structure and different groups had the chance to go in and extinguish each fire practicing different tactics and then they ended things on the outside of the house doing what they call a defensive attack.
“A lot of times when we are fighting structure fires they start on the inside but we can’t control them so we have to move out and do a defensive attack,” explained Chief Boney.
In Biloxi Caroline Eaker, News 25.