Fire departments hold training sessions at former Charley's BBQ

They say this is a rare opportunity for both fire departments because they never have access to real buildings to train in.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 7:58 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2019 9:46 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg Fire Department and the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 have partnered up for fire training sessions in a real-life simulation.

The departments are using the old Charley’s BBQ restaurant, which closed last year.

Fire officials say the building will be demolished soon, and that’s why the property owners donated the building for fire training.

They say this is a rare opportunity for both fire departments because they never have access to real buildings to train in.

“What firefighters don’t like doing is sitting around. They want to work,” says Battalion Chief Randy Babbitt with the Roseburg Fire Department. “I see them over there looking at me like, 'Let’s get going to the next rotation.' They really are getting a lot out of this training.”

Babbitt says the scenarios are focused on search and rescue techniques, including command and control of a firefighter rescue incident.

He says they are using fake smoke to fill the building to the point where firefighters are unable to see or breathe, just like a real fire.

Training will end on Friday, Oct. 16. The westbound, right-hand lane of Harvard Avenue will be closed during the training due to parked emergency vehicles.

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