For Immediate Release Contact: Ashley Lara 541-274-9307
Date: October 20, 2015
Fire District 3 and BELFOR Property Restoration Collaborate for Critical Fire Training
Tragedy turned training opportunity, Jackson County Fire District 3 and BELFOR Property Restoration are partnering to enhance better training opportunities for District 3 firefighters. A structure loss earlier this year creates a perfect training ground for firefighters to practice real-life firefighting techniques.
On August 24, District 3 was dispatched to a structure fire located at 151 Glenn Way in Central Point. Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed a well-involved structure and garage. The home was a complete loss and damages are estimated to be $168,000.00. The fire’s cause was deemed undetermined by the deputy fire marshal.
Through the heartbreak of losing their home, residents from 151 Glenn Way contacted BELFOR and stated they were willing to offer their home for technical firefighter training. From Monday through Wednesday this week, all District 3 crews will walk through real-life fire scenarios and focus on ventilation training.
Jeff Bancroft, Battalion Chief at Jackson County Fire District 3 states, “Training is expensive, this is a great way to be able to get all the crews great experience performing ventilation techniques. During an actual incident, everything is done quickly with a sense of urgency; this type of training allows us to slow down the process so we can study and coach along the way.”
BELFOR in an international company that provides a number of restoration services, including fire damage. The restoration process includes mitigating damage, providing smoke damage clean-up and water restoration as quickly as possible after the damage first occurs. BELFOR’s fire restoration services can include: emergency board-up, demolition, soot removal film application, thermal deodorization to mitigate smoke damage, and complete reconstruction.
BELFOR is excited about the opportunity to partner with local fire agencies. “This is the first time we have done a project like this in Jackson County” stated Jim Eystad, Media Relations at BELFOR Property Restoration. “This is an invaluable experience for firefighter to strengthen their skills on procedure and equipment use”.
BELFOR will begin their process of removing walls, siding and roof next week. Construction of the home is estimated to be completed between four to six months after demolition.