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House Fire Training

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Rapids firefighters will conduct fire training Monday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 25th at a City-owned, flood-damaged property at 1021 5th Street NW.  Firefighters will perform fire "fast attack" drills, which involve extinguishing a room and contents fire within the two-story residential structure.  About 130 shift firefighters will participate in the training exercise over the four-day period.

Training Chief David Brown will coordinate the training next week by rotating single fire engine companies through the exercise throughout each day.  According to Chief Brown, "using live fire enhances the training experience and brings realism to the drill."  There will be a critique of each fire crew's performance after each drill.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources allows fire departments to conduct two training fires on shingle-bearing houses annually. 

The City acquired the property at 1021 5th Street NW in 1982.  At the time, there were blighted structures that were torn down.  In 1990, the City moved the current residential structure from Johnson Avenue NW and rented it to the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).  The City was in the process of selling the property to HACAP when the flood damage occurred last summer.

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