Meridian firefighters train with live burn

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 10:37:18-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Meridian fire department recently acquired a new building from Compass Charter School.

The building has been used for various training exercises since August, and on Thursday morning, firefighters were able to apply that training during a live-fire burn. Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer tells Idaho News 6 training with live fire in a space like a home is not “common” for the department but says it is “a great opportunity for them to train to go through different scenarios to perfect their skills.” At the ends of the day, Chief Niemeyer adds, “it’s not luck that puts the fires out; its skill and professionalism.”

Before this morning’s burn, firefighters completed several training sessions at the structure to go over best practices for search, rescue, and survival skills.

After Thursday’s training was complete, the fire department secured the area and safely burned the structure to the ground.