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Bluefield firefighters use new tool to train

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) When firemen arrive at a fire, the first few decisions are crucial in saving the structure and saving lives. Which is why it is so important for firemen to be able to determine what type of fire they are dealing with.

And they do that by observing the smoke.

"It's absolutely vital, because when you start a fire control, and when I say start a fire, when we pull up on scene, the first five minutes will dictate how that fire goes,” says Firefighter Jeremy Henthorn.

Henthorn started his company Box 1971 to train firefighters how to categorize the smoke very quickly using a Max Fire Box.

"It's a very real thing,” says Henthorn. “So this would teach the four things that are important to see when you first pull up and initially look at a fire that there is volume, velocity, color and density of smoke. This helps them put that tool in the toolbox to say I've seen that smoke before this is how the fire is going to behave under this condition."

And Lieutenant Shannon Akers says it could not be more beneficial.

"With this tool we can slow things down and let the firemen see the evolutions of smoke and the way things are going with smoke,” says Akers. “So we can understand that to be able to read the smoke when we arrive to the fire ground and we go into operation."

The box was designed by firefighters and can imitate almost any type of structure fire to give the men the optimum learning experience

When firemen arrive at a fire, the first few decisions are crucial in saving the structure and saving lives. Which is why it is so important for firemen to be able to determine what type of fire they are dealing with.

And they do that by observing the smoke.

"It's absolutely vital, because when you start a fire control, and when I say start a fire, when we pull up on scene, the first five minutes will dictate how that fire goes,” says Firefighter Jeremy Henthorn.

Henthorn started his company Box 1971 to train firefighters how to categorize the smoke very quickly using a Max Fire Box.

"It's a very real thing,” says Henthorn. “So this would teach the four things that are important to see when you first pull up and initially look at a fire that there is volume, velocity, color and density of smoke. This helps them put that tool in the toolbox to say I've seen that smoke before this is how the fire is going to behave under this condition."

And Lieutenant Shannon Akers says it could not be more beneficial.

"With this tool we can slow things down and let the firemen see the evolutions of smoke and the way things are going with smoke,” says Akers. “So we can understand that to be able to read the smoke when we arrive to the fire ground and we go into operation."

The box was designed by firefighters and can imitate almost any type of structure fire to give the men the optimum learning experience.

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