The Fire Chief asked me to pass along their plans for live fire training at the KSU Allerton Apartments beginning August 20th and ending August 22nd, between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.
The Chief wanted to be sure that when area residents observed smoke from the training events they didn’t think there was an actual fire emergency.
This training event is being planned in conjunction with Kent State University who is scheduled to demolish the remaining buildings of the Allerton Apartment complex in the next month.
Chief Tosko explained that the chance to practice fire rescue in a live burn situation is a unique opportunity that maybe comes around once every 3-5 years when he’s able to get permission to get in a vacant building that is scheduled for demolition.
The Chief has expert trainers coming in to lead the controlled burn and he points out that they follow strict EPA guidelines which includes a thorough permitting process to ensure that all potential environmental hazards are removed from the building prior to the combustion process.
It’s worth noting that the buildings aren’t actually burned, the Fire Department selectively locates straw and clean wooden pallets in locations inside the building to create a re-enactment of a fire scene. No remaining walls, ceilings or roof are burned in this process.
The controlled burns will occur at staggered intervals and will be contained to small areas inside the rooms of several apartments. Each individual burn should last 5-8 minutes each with training discussions on tactics and procedures performed immediately following each burn event.