For the October, 2013 monthly training drill the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department held a Live Burn at the Piscataway Fire School.
Members and part-time paid staff from Highland Park Fire Department went through three evolutions of fire attack, including primary & backup attack lines, pump operations, search & rescue and ventilation.
The three-story tower structure was used on the grounds at Piscataway for each evolution with HPVFD Engine 1 pumping for hoseline operations and Truck 3 providing tools & roof ventilation.
After each evolution members participated in a full critique of the operation.
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out & train and thank you to Piscataway for the venue.
Video from the setup & start to the first evolution:
Helmet Cam Video from the third evolution:
Helmet Cam video from HPVFD Chief Mike McMahon – he is starting the fire for one of the evolutions. You get a good look at the incipient stage of the fire, some heavy smoke and a nice shot of the rollover. Tough to see the thermal layers with the smoke but they are there – tough conditions abound this day to get good fires going, this one was probably the best: