Sep 17, 2013 5:45 PM by Brian White
The following is a release from the Northwest Fire Department:
NORTHWEST FIRE TRAINS FOR "BIG BOX" BUILDING FIRES
The Northwest Fire District will provide firefighters with specialized training throughout the month of September on "big box" building fires. "Big box" buildings are those with over 50,000+ square feet (such as Target, Home Depot, Costco, local grocery stores, etc...) and often present unique challenges when fires occur.
Based on the size of these facilities and the potential for complex floor plans, "Big Box" buildings require a unique set of tactics to adequately resolve an incident. Some of the complications firefighters might face in these fires include: longer evacuation distances, numerous and lengthy hose deployments, and large amounts of inventory to navigate in firefighting and/or rescue operations.
A community partnership has allowed the Northwest Fire District to put their skills to the test at an unoccupied "big box" store at Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard. The District's Training Division was able to recreate a large-scale floor plan to give firefighters a genuine sense of what an actual scene there might resemble. Firefighting crews will complete classroom instruction at NWFD's Training Center before the practical portion of the drill begins.