By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Fire Department will hold a live fire training exercise on Saturday February 18th, at a house at 1517 Snapper Lane.
From 8am to 5pm, firefighters will participate in training by fighting fires in interior rooms.
Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin said Monday February 13th, "We're not going to burn the house to the ground. Fires will be started in individual rooms and they'll be able to knock down those fires."
Chief Griffin said this type of training is a valuable tool for firefighters to practice and be evaluated on procedures. He said it's not often the department has an opportunity to train in a residential home.
Chief Griffin said the Department distributed notices to people living in that area of Town to notify them of the upcoming training exercise.
The notice states, "Please be advised that during the evolutions the burning will produce smoke in the area. There may be flames coming from windows and roof line; this is expected. The training evolution is “only interior” not a complete burn down of the structure. We are recommending the following: All persons who have breathing or related health problem should stay inside with the windows closed or leave the area until the training concludes at 5:00 pm."
The road will be blocked at Snapper Lane and South Carolina Avenue and Snapper Lane. and Texas Avenue to prevent thru traffic during the evolutions. Residents will be able to park at either end of the blocked off area and walk to their homes. If you have any questions, contact the Carolina Beach Fire Department at (910)458-2985.