Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical to train in sorority house set for demolition

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Post updated at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday, June 14:

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, but that won’t be the case at the Tri Delta house during upcoming firefighter training.


Starting Thursday, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel will be training over the next few weeks at the house, 1630 Oxford Road. It is scheduled for demolition, and the owners are allowing the department to use it for training, LDCFM posted to social media Tuesday.

“No live fires will be a part of the training. However, theatrical ‘smoke’ will be used to simulate a fire and reduce visibility within the training scenario,” according to the post.

The department opened its training facilities to the public over the weekend, where firefighters demonstrated equipment and more. Those in attendance could also get a peek inside the smoke house, which simulates smoky conditions.

However, “Acquired structures provide the most realistic possible training environment,” according to LDCFM’s post.

“Additional training activities will include hose advancement, coordinated ventilation, and search and rescue evolutions,” according to a media email sent Wednesday afternoon. “Some training will involve the use of equipment such as power tools and ladders.”

Neighborhood association representatives have been notified of the training plans, and LDCFM has been distributing informational door hangers, according to the email. There will be signs in place when training is actively occurring.

LDCFM’s training division will coordinate and oversee drills for all three of the department’s shifts, according to the email.

Molly Adams/Lawrence Times Inside Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical’s smoke house, firefighters can simulate smoky conditions for training purposes.
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