The Longview Fire Department will be conducting a training burn of a structure located at
2851 30th Avenue in Longview, on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The structure will be destroyed at the request of the owner, the Longview United Methodist Church.
Live-fire training in acquired structures is a rare opportunity for firefighters to observe fire behavior and practice proper techniques in fire suppression. Firefighters from Longview Fire Department, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Cowlitz County Fire District 5 and Clark County Fire Rescue will be participating in the drill. These training burns require a tremendous amount of preparation and will be conducted according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard for live-fire training. This training became available through cooperation with Longview United Methodist Church who will be developing this site in the future and has donated the structure for fire department training.
During this training on Saturday, October 22nd, local residents will see smoke, fire and fire equipment in the area of 30th Avenue and Pacific Way. Several road closures will be in effect including 30th Avenue from approximately Pershing Way to Pacific Way and Pershing Way from approximately the 3100 block to 30th Avenue. Local public transit will be affected as well.
Every effort has been made to ensure the safety of the community while we carry out this training. While these training activities commonly draw the interest of local residents, Longview Fire Department would like to remind you to observe all posted signs and honor the requests of fire department personnel. Questions regarding this training may be directed to Chief Phil Jurmu at 360-442-5503
On Friday October 7th Longview and Cowlitz 2 were dispatched to an excavator fire located at Swanson Bark and Wood Products, 240 Tennant Ave, in Longview.
As firefighters pulled out of the station located on Commerce Ave they could see a large black thermal-column rising from the Swanson location. While driving eastbound on Tennant Ave the excavator, fully involved in fire, could be easily seen by passing traffic.
Firefighters arrived and quickly pulled a large diameter handline and extinguished the excavator. The concern fighting the fire was two-fold, could firefighters safely approach the excavator, or was its location unstable, and had the large mound of bark became involved in fire? Bark fires have a tendency to burrow and can be very difficult to extinguish.
Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes, and there was no indication of extension. Once the fire was declared extinguished the scene was turned over to Swanson employees, who will use their on-site heavy equipment to remove the excavator and fully overhaul the pile.
There were no injuries to Swanson Employees or firefighters. The excavator was severely damaged. The cause of the fire is uncertain at the time of this press release.