There tends to be an increase in house fires during the coldest months of the year.
Today, firefighters prepared for those incidents at the second day of the North Dakota Fire Fighters Association State Fire School.
Fire fighters and their instructors from all over the region maintained flexibility. Instead of applying what they've learned about fighting car fires, their efforts and hoses were aimed at propane tank fires. Rob Knuth says that these classes give hands on experience, on what dealing with these types of fires is like when it's happening right in front of you.
(Rob Knuth, Training Director, ND Firefighters Association) "Our simulator simulates an oil tank. A 500 gallon oil tank, standing on end, that's on fire. And we show them proper procedures to manage the situation. But a lot of the class is spent dealing with the individuals, explaining all the equipment on these oil sites, so when they arrive on scene- and they're probably going to be the first arriving individuals- that they know how to handle it safely."
We will be keeping you up to date on the coming weeks conferences and demonstrations pertaining to the Fire School taking place all over Minot.