Planned house fire will serve as training for Biloxi Fire Department

Typically the Biloxi Fire Department is putting out house fires, but tomorrow they’ll be setting one as part of a training exercise.
Residents along Camp Wilkes Drive can expect to see firefighting vehicles and as many as 50 Biloxi firefighters setting up near the house on Camp Wilkes Road Wednesday about 7 a.m. Parts of Camp Wilkes Road will be blocked to through traffic, but Biloxi police officers will help direct residents to their homes.
By mid-morning, the entire house is expected to be set ablaze as the team conducts multiple scenarios. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “We’ll go and rescue a victim. We’ll also simulate searches in a burning structure, how to do searches, left and right hand patterns, as well as to give the guys a general idea of what it feels like because we have many new firefighters and a lot of them don’t get the opportunity to go into burning houses because we simply don’t have many of them.”
The house was donated to the fire department by the homeowners. All neighbors of the home were notified in advance. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Biloxi Fire Chief’s Office at 228-435-6200.

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