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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bessemer Live Burn - Day 2

Bessemer Fire & Rescue

Wednesday was the second day of live burns for the 2006 Rookie School class at Bessemer Fire & Rescue. The house donated for the second day's burn was a two story house across the street from where Tuesday's live burn occurred.

Like Tuesday, the class did evolutions in the burning house before it got to the point where the house was allowed to burn down.

A special thank you to Bessemer Fire & Rescue for all they did to make my two day visit with them a pleasure. I really enjoyed seeing all my buddies from "back in the day."

Captain Mark Allred being interviewed by Birmingham's WBRC Fox 6...

A member of the class being interviewed by Fox 6...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Bessemer Live Burn - Day 1

Bessemer Fire & Rescue

Bessemer Fire & Rescue is in the last week of their 2006 Rookie School with today being an exciting day... the class's first live burn. The class has put in a lot of hard work, as well as many long hours of study, to get to this point.

When the class graduates, they will have gone through all the necessary training to be certified as a firefighter.

During today's exercise, the class was taken through the burning house in teams of two with an instructor, so they could get the feel of what it's like to have fire rolling over their heads. Once they made it out, several of the firefighters mentioned how extremely hot the tongue-n-groove ceiling made it inside by trapping in the heat.

Congratulations to all the graduates!

Note: This house was donated for training. The object wasn't to extinguish the blaze.

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Instructors preparing the house...

Bessemer Mayor Ed May...

Teams begin going through the house...

Chief Syx watching the training...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Roosevelt City House Fire

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

This morning, Birmingham Firefighters responded to a house fire on Jesse Owens Avenue in Roosevelt City. Upon arrival, the first-in company reported a working fire and laid a line.

Fast work by Birmingham Firefighters made for a quick knock-down of the fire.

Units on the scene included:

• Task Force 11
   - Engine 11
   - Rescue 11
• Task Force 25
   - Engine 25
   - Rescue 25
• Engine 24
• Quint 20
• Rescue 20
• Battalion 1
• Fire Investigator 5

Fire Investigator 5...

Battalion 1 briefing the media...

Birmingham Police Department : 420

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ensley Avenue MVA

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

These pictures are from Engine 24 and Rescue 16 working a two car MVA at the intersection of Ensley Avenue and Avenue S.