Photo by Deputy Chief Rick Resnick
(MESQUITE, Nev) - Firefighters from Mesquite, Bunkerville, and the Beaver Dam / Littlefield Fire Departments joined together on the evening of Tuesday October 29 to conduct live fire training evolutions utilizing a specialized “Burn” trailer. The grant funded “West Wendover Burn Trailer” travels to Fire Departments around the state to enable Firefighters to get experience with live fire evolutions that they may not otherwise be able to get in such a controlled training setting. The fires in the Burn Trailer are fueled by propane and continuously monitored from a control station. The person manning the control station can immediately extinguish the fire by removing the fuel with a simple press of a button. The evolutions in the burn trailer, while certainly not the same as a fire in an actual structure, allow Firefighters to be exposed to working in a high heat environment similar to what they would face in an actual structure fire. The trailer has a kitchen portion, a living room area, as well as an “upstairs” bedroom. Evolutions were conducted in establishing a water supply and initial fire attack on the different areas of the trailer. The firefighters from the different departments were also able to interact with each other and train with each other so that when an actual fire occurs that brings them all together, they are able to functionally operate as one team. Mesquite Fire Rescue would like to thank The Clark County Fire Department and the Bunkerville Volunteers for arranging the visit of such a great training resource as well as the Beaver Dam / Littlefield Fire Department for participating and helping make our communities better places to live.