Fire departments train for apartment complex fires because of growth in the Treasure Valley

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 18:21:59-05

Multiple agencies will conduct training on large apartment complex fires over the next two weeks, it's part of a regional training operation that is the first of its kind in the Treasure Valley.

Growth has spurred a number of large buildings from senior centers, to apartments and other developments that prompted the fire departments of Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Caldwell and Nampa to put together a joint training.

"This is a very specialized drill," said Chief Mark Niemeyer of the Meridian Fire Department. "We have a lot of growth going on in the valley and with that growth, we have seen a lot of large-scale apartment complexes."

Firefighters worked together to bring a hose in through a long u-shaped hallway in an effort to get to a fire, the simulation also included breaking down a door and they did it all with fake smoke taking out all visibility.

"It's extremely important," said Chief Rusty Voffelt of the Eagle Fire Department. "If we do have a fire whether it is in my jurisdiction or another we will all be there so the opportunity to train together on these fires is invaluable experience."

The leaders also credited the training divisions working together to come up with such realistic training and they want to thank Franklin Building Supplies and Great Floors for helping put together the hallway used for training.

Check out the video to see these firefighters in action.