News Feature

Sedgwick
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 19, 2018
Area firefighters reinforce skills

Sedgwick firefighter Ray Gale watches

During a controlled training burn on the Graytown Road in Sedgwick on Sunday, Sedgwick firefighter Ray Gale watches after lending some advice.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

Firefighters rarely get to put out a fire in non-emergency situations, but when the opportunity arises they make the most of it. Volunteer firefighters from Stonington to Blue Hill turned out on April 15 to participate in a controlled training burn that aimed to reinforce skills taught in Firefighter I training. A handful of newer firefighters worked with veteran first responders on skills ranging from setting up a staging area to creating ventilation and troubleshooting problems as they arise.

Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 6:30 a.m. and began to stage the area, located on the Graytown Road. Sedgwick Fire Chief David Carter orchestrated the training exercises and Darlene Hatch served as the safety officer keeping firefighters and spectators safe.

Three interior burns were conducted in the first hour, giving each new firefighter time inside the dark, smoky, burning building. Once completed, the structure was allowed to burn and firefighters mounted an exterior attack, keeping debris within the building’s footprint.

The Graytown Road property was purchased by Keith and Zoe Tenney last year, said Keith Tenney. The couple and their children live beside it and will expand their property, he said.

Firefighters practice

Firefighters practice ventilation.

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Sedgwick firefighter Ray Gale watches

During a controlled training burn on the Graytown Road in Sedgwick on Sunday, Sedgwick firefighter Ray Gale watches after lending some advice.

Photo by Faith DeAmbrose
Using a tool

Using a tool, firefighters work to push the building into itself, keeping the burning struc- ture confined to its footprint.

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Sedgwick Fire Chief David Carter

Sedgwick Fire Chief David Carter organizes the training exercises.

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