Local firefighters were able to get some valuable experience recently when a controlled training burn was used to remove a house from the corner of West Marion and South Boyles streets in Pilot Mountain.
First Baptist Church, which owns the property, provided the house that was used in several activities as part of an ongoing training event leading up to and including the final burn on June 22. In the days preceding the final Friday evening blaze, firefighters were able to train on situations such as interior attack and rescue.
The Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department served as the sponsoring department for the training while other participating departments included Bannertown, Ararat, Shoals, South Surry, Skull Camp and Pinnacle. The Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad and Surry County EMS assisted.
“This is valuable training for all of us,” noted Pilot Knob Fire Chief Derrick Manuel.
“Through this ongoing training event we’ve been able to use live firefighting scenarios inside a residential structure. This has allowed us to take tools that have been learned during college-level training and apply them in real world scenarios. And everyone has gained from the opportunity to practice teamwork with other departments.”