CHICO — Cadets from the Chico Fire Department participated in the first live fire training exercise at the department’s new fire training center Tuesday.
The facility will allow cadets from the Chico Fire Department to experience live fire training in the city, as well as help current firefighters with interagency training such as when the department works with Cal Fire-Butte County.
Teams of two firefighters navigated the shipping containers, which were bought by the department and altered for training purposes. Cadet training focused on cutting doors, firefighting, fire rescue and vertical air ventilation in possible structure fires.
The containers, which measure 40 feet long by 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall, have two large sliding doors, a steel sliding window as well as two means of entry. A roof was built for firefighters to obtain entry from above, as well as a garage door entrance which could be cut through to get in. An opening on the roof that could be opened with a handle from the side was also installed by firefighters to help control air flow.
Lastly the metal containers were lined with fire bricks on the bottom and replaceable cement boards on the walls so that the bins would not deteriorate.
“The main focus of the Chico Fire Department is to provide the best service to the community, and, as a department, we recognize a need for training,” said Chico Fire Capt. Corey Broin who was in charge of leading the training exercises Tuesday.
Broin said he hopes…