Several SE Nebraska Fire Departments Get in Live Fire Practice

BEATRICE – About 55 firefighters from several southeast Nebraska departments got the chance for some live fire exercise, about six miles northwest of Beatrice, Sunday.

An old barn was burned down at a farmstead along West Hickory Road, west of the Koch Fertilizer plant.  The burning cleared away a structure for a center pivot sweep, and allowed some rural and community departments to get in some practice.

Firefighters from the Beatrice Rural Fire Department, DeWitt, Pickrell, Plymouth and Fairbury firefighters were among those participating.  Assistant Beatrice Rural Fire Chief Matt Langley spoke about the exercise.

:35                  “different size hoses”

The burn practice was delayed one week from its’ original scheduled date, because south winds would have blown the fire, heat and smoke toward a home and other buildings on the farm.  On Sunday, a wintry blast of cold, north air provided favorable conditions for the practice.

:23                  “as we can”

Langley said the cooler temperatures and proper wind direction helped in protecting other structures and a small amount of snow on the ground also was a plus.

At the time firefighters arrived for the practice, the temperature was 23 and the wind was from the north-northwest, at 20-to-30 miles-per-hour.

Firefighters started preparing for the burn at about seven a.m. Sunday and finished up by the noon hour.

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