Burning for Training in Brant

Despite the cool weather, there was plenty of heat on Oak Park Road in Brant County Saturday morning. Smoke and flames filled the area for hours while the County of Brant Fire Department burned two houses as part of a controlled fire training exercise.

“The houses offer an excellent training opportunity for our fire crews to practice in a real-life setting.”

Geoff Hayman, Fire Chief, County of Brant

The vacant houses were offered to the fire fighters by the property owners, who plan to develop the industrial area.

“Their generosity provides a rare occasion for live firefighting in a real building where they can practice a number of drills and fire suppression techniques.”

Geoff Hayman, Fire Chief, County of Brant

All harmful materials had been removed from the houses prior to the burn to ensure firefighters, neighbours and the environment were not exposed to harmful toxins. This was also a requirement according to the County of Brant bylaws and Ministry of Environment regulations.