Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services and the City of Winder Fire Department will conduct live fire training on Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 at Winder Station No. 2.
“This is another opportunity where our firefighters can come together and train side by side,” said Barrow County training officer Capt. Bryan Bullock. “As we continue to train and work together it continues to be a big benefit to both departments.”
The training will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening and is designed to teach firefighters to control a propane tank that is on fire.
“A propane tank fire is a very dangerous situation for firefighters,” said Bullock. “This training will help firefighters in properly extinguishing the fire and cooling the tank as well. It also trains them to learn the signs of a possible explosion of the tank when it reaches high temperatures.”
The fire department wants citizens in the area of Winder Station No. 2 to be aware of this training as it will be held at night and consist of burning propane.
“When this training is conducted and the propane is burning it will sound like a jet engine,” said Bullock. “We just want everyone to be aware of us conducting this training and that it will all be completed safely. It will make both fire departments more efficient in this type of fire.”
The propane that will be used for this training is being donated by Amerigas, Gas Inc. and Vigas.