Carolina Beach House Used For Fire Training December 7th

The Carolina Beach Fire Department joined with numerous other departments from North and South Carolina to conduct a live burn of a large house on Cape Fear Blvd on December 7th. The Carolina Beach Fire Department joined with numerous other departments from North and South Carolina to conduct a live burn of a large house on Cape Fear Blvd on December 7th.

Carolina Beach House Used For Fire Training December 7th Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 11 December 2019 23:55

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  Earlier this year the Carolina Beach Fire Department was offered an opportunity to conduct fire training in the large white house at 515 Cape Fear Blvd. The property was recently purchased and the structure will be demolished to make way for four new residential properties.

On December 7th, numerous departments from North and South Carolina participated in a live-burn event for training purposes.

The Department originally planned to conduct a live burn exercise in November but due to poor weather conditions, the exercise was postponed until December 7th.

Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin explained to Council earlier this week, "We have multiple requests a year to do a controlled burn on a property. Very few meet the criteria the Fire Department uses to determine if a home is eligible for this program.  515 Cape Fear Blvd has been determined to be a good fit for this training.  Part of the process includes the Fire Department educating the neighbors on what is going on, and how they ensure adjacent properties are safe."

Parvin explained, "The training this offers our fire department is extremely valuable.  Sending our firefighters to this type of training costs thousands of taxpayer dollars. By having our locally trained officers lead this training we not only help the homeowner with safe removal of the home, but also allow for all firefighters to be involved with training on the island vs. a handful going out of town for training."

He explained, "I’ve spent some time talking with the Fire Chief about this opportunity and I’m convinced we should move forward.  However, education is obviously very important with this process" and, "I will ask the fire department to put together a one page flyer that we can put out to educate the general public as well as the neighbors in the area. Let me know if you have any concerns."

Developer Richard Wallace purchased the 4,789 square foot, five bedroom, four bath home on September 26th for $718,000 from Isabell Foushee.

The home also had a 676 square foot garage attached to the home via a breeze-way.

Fire Departments from the New Hanover County area including Kure Beach, Wilmington, New Hanover County and others participated in the training.

Also, departments from counties such as Alamanche, NC and even a department from South Carolina participated in the training.


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