SISTERS, OR -- Firefighters from the Sisters-Camp Sherman, Black Butte, and Cloverdale fire districts will hone their skills in a "Burn to Learn" operation, this weekend. Sisters-Camp Sherman Deputy Fire Chief Tim Craig says there's nothing quite like live fire training to teach attack, search, and rescue skills, "This is as close as we can get to a real hostile structure fire within a controlled training environment. There's nothing that really provides the experience of lighting a fire inside of a real structure - a real house - and allowing our firefighters to come in through the front door and attack that fire like they would during any type of a hostile fire event in a home, or in any other kind of a structure."
Craig tells KBND News it takes thousands of hours of training to be considered proficient at firefighting, "You always learn something new. There's always another opportunity to gain more knowledge, more experience, that sort of thing and so I don't think there's any such thing as too many opportunities for live fire training."
Crews will set fires in two Sisters homes, at Jefferson and Larch, "They're both very small, older homes that were built in the 20s or 30s," says Craig, "My understanding is that they were originally built out in the Camp Sherman area as part of a logging operation, and were ultimately moved into Sisters later on." Training begins Saturday morning and all fires will be extinguished by Monday.