Firefighters to train at old Opportunity House

By From page A4 | April 03, 2014

VACAVILLE — Firefighters from several agencies, including two Air Force bases, will use the former Opportunity House for a four-day fire training exercise this week.

The Vacaville Fire Department will use straw and shredded paper on wooden pallets to start fires in different rooms of the structure at 712 Catherine St., according to a press release from the city of Vacaville.

Crews from Solano County, as well as Beale and Travis Air Force bases, will work on extinguishing the fires in the exercise that is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The home itself will not be burned down.

The Fire Department notified residents of this exercise in early March, according to the press release. Residents will have full access to their properties at all times, but should keep their doors and windows closed during the training. Fire officials will be on hand to answer questions.

All interior burns will meet guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Agency, and instructors on site are certified by California State Fire Training.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Tax PayerApril 03, 2014 - 5:26 am

    Right, so we are going to burn up a vacant building in four days for training exercise and this doesn't effect our environment and air quality? Only if you get approval from the agency that is suppose to protect us. Folks during the winter were getting fined for burning wood in their fireplaces to keep warm and there PG&E bills down. Where is the EPA and Al Gore on this one? Yep, government working for all of us again! Not!

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  • The MisterApril 03, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Tax Payer! You are on FIRE this morning!! Opps, better check your permit.

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