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Fire Departments Welcome Building Donations To Help With Their Training – Brevard NC


March 6, 2017

Local firefighters were able to get some valuable training recently, thanks to a local property owner who allowed their building on Capps Road to be set alight. (Courtesy photo)

The Brevard Fire Department recently hosted a live fire training on Capps Road, thanks to a donation by the property owner.

There were 35 firefighters from Brevard, Connestee, Little River and North Transylvania fire departments who participated in the training on Feb. 27.

The house was donated to the fire department to be demolished.

This type of training is invaluable and creates realistic, "real world" training for firefighters in the community, according to Adam Hughey, a Brevard Fire Department captain.

"This is training that cannot come from watching videos or studying from a book," he said. "Firefighters have the opportunity to observe how the fire behaves, feel the heat from it and learn what is needed to extinguish it."

Instructors used wooden pallets and straw to build separate fires in each room of the house.

Fire crews then advance hose lines inside and extinguished each fire.

After the training, the house was burnt to the ground.

Along with providing a training opportunity for firefighters, there are also benefits for the property owners that donate a house.

"If a property owner were to tear down a house on a property, they will have to pay for labor, any needed machinery and the means to haul the materials off," Hughey said. "All of this can be expensive. If the fire department uses the house for training, typically, the only costs for the property owner are for asbestos testing and its removal if any is detected.

Asbestos testing is a requirement from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the N.C. Division of Air Quality.

The building must have a completed asbestos survey from a state certified asbestos inspector.

According to state law, a building's owner cannot demolish it without a state asbestos permit or face a $10,000 or more fine.

Once the building owner receives the survey back from the asbestos inspector, he or she should submit a copy of the report to the fire department.

The building owner is then responsible for removing all of the asbestos from the building.

Once this is complete, the fire department will submit the proper documentation to receive the permit.

This process takes at least 10 business days.

The written documentation the property owner must have includes:

•proof of clear title from the Register of Deed's office;

•a certificate of insurance cancellation;

•acknowledgement of post-burn property condition; and

•a release form granting the fire department permission to demolish the building.

The building's owner is also responsible for removing all utilities from the building, along with any furniture and appliances.

After a request is received by the fire department, a representative will come out to inspect the structure.

They are looking for a structure that is structurally sound, with solid floors and roof and intact interior walls.

This is to ensure the safety of the firefighters participating in the training, Hughey said. If the structure is deemed safe for training, the process for asbestos testing and paperwork would then begin.

Property owners that are interested in donating a structure or have questions should contact their local fire department.


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