Some West Seattle neighbors will be seeing smoke billowing out of a house located at 2206 California Avenue Southwest over the next four days. The Seattle Fire Department is using the house from November, 9 – 12 to train recruit firefighters about fire behavior, rescue techniques and the importance of teamwork in live fire situations.
Eighteen Seattle Fire Department recruits from Recruit Class #97 have spent the last two and a half months in drill school learning the fundamentals of what it takes to be a Seattle Firefighter. Their training incorporates academic requirements as well as preparation for the mental and physical challenges that arise in emergency situations. Up until now their training environment has been controlled with simulated incidents at the City of Seattle’s Joint Training Facility and the Washington State Patrol’s Fire Training Facility in North Bend. There will be sixteen fires ignited over the course of the week. Each day the fires will grow more intense and provide more challenging situations for the recruits.
The Seattle Fire Department Training Division is looking for future properties appropriate for live fire training. To donate a building, contact the Department’s Training Division at 206-386-1776.
Interested in becoming a Seattle Firefighter?
Seattle Fire Department is accepting applications November 15, 2010 – January 7, 2011
For more information go to www.seattlefirejobs.com