On Friday September 11th the Wake Forest Fire Department managed to successfully burn a local home to the ground as part of a valuable learning exercise for a collection of its newest firefighters.
The house was formerly located at 446 Durham Road and sat right next to the golf course, on the left side as you headed into town.
Ahead of the planned burn, the firefighters organized the exercise with great care. Both Assistant Chief Holbrook and Chief Early had the event well organized and planned for the maximum training opportunities.
The inside of the house was cleaned out and a host of permissions from the State, Town, EPA, and just about every other persons mother, was obtained before the house was permitted to be burned.
These events are extremely helpful in training firefighters and it gives them valuable experience to conduct themselves as professionals when a real fire is inches away from their face.
Prior to the burn the firefighters grouped up and participated in a moment of reflection about what September 11 meant to all and offered up the almost required prayer for safety and goodwill.
Soon it was time to suit up and get the party started. Excuse me, “training exercise.” While the fire department normally arrives to a fire already in progress, this one needed some help to get going.
Chief Ron Early gave the all clear and things began to heat up.
While a long journey begins with a single step. This fire began with a flick of the Bic.
It didn’t take but a moment for the fire to get going strong enough to chase out at least this reporter to a much safer place.
Just a minute or two later, the room was roaring with an inferno and a firefighter could be seen inside by the window, doing whatever it is they were doing.
As the fire was snuffed out and smoke would billow out with force, it would soon be going again to give the next shift of firefighters some training.
While awaiting their turns, eager firefighters watched the vents, rested, or shared advice and tips.
Some of the firefighters had gear that was much too clean so that was a clue who was the newer member of the department. Regardless, everyone took a turn.
Looked like Windsor just wanted to clean off the top of the helmet as water blasted out the front window.
Even Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett got to clear away his firefighter virginity and in celebration of his first fire experience, he was baptized in the tanks holding water.
Apparently witches and town managers have at least one thing in common, they both float.
As the house was consumed by fire, walls were pushed in and the event came to a predictable conclusion.
This next picture is just in case you were uncertain how this would culminate.
Everyone should be exceedingly proud of the Wake Forest Fire Department and the good work and great professionalism the members demonstrate on a daily basis.