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Hillsboro Fire to conduct live-fire training exercise Tuesday

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn at 635 S.E. 18th Ave. on Tuesday, June 28.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will provide live-fire training in a residential structure to Hillsboro's newly-hired firefighter recruits, as well as the department's career and volunteer firefighters.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will begin at 9 a.m., when HF&R training officers set small fires, one at a time, inside the house. Training officers will then accompany firefighters inside to extinguish the fires. The drill will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will adhere to strict safety guidelines.

Firefighters have ensured that all that remains in the home are "normal, non-hazardous building materials," said training officer Jeff Gurske. Once the interior training is completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner. There will be teams of firefighters at the scene from beginning until all flames are extinguished.

Motorists can expect traffic on Southeast 18th Avenue from Southeast Maple Street to Southeast Oak Crest Drive to be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue conducts similar training burns a few times a year. "Live-fire training exercises are especially valuable for Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's newest firefighters by allowing them to witness fire behavior and smoke conditions in a burning structure," Gurske said, "Firefighters are able to learn the capabilities of their equipment and apply tactics in a controlled environment."

The home used in this training exercise was donated by the owner to make way for future construction on the property. To learn more about HF&R's Burn-to-Learn training, or to find out how to donate a house for a future Burn-to-Learn, contact Gurske at 503-681-3903.