| June 16, 2010

The Community Friends Church at 5950 N. La Canada Drive suffered damage from an arson fire Friday, April 30, but church personnel are trying to ensure some good comes from it. That’s why they invited the Northwest Fire District Academy recruits to get some real-life experience by training with the damaged portions of the church.

The 21 firefighter recruits in the academy recently completed ventilation training using props at the Northwest Training Center. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Community Friends Church, they will get to hone their skills practicing on a real building.

On Thursday, June 17, from 7 a.m. – approximately noon, the firefighters-in-training will practice using tools of their trade to make “vertical ventilation cuts” atop the church and use the interior to perform search and rescue drills. Academy instructors have invited Raytheon firefighters to join in the drill.

The arson was a terrible experience, but by opening the building up use by firefighters, the community Friends Church has turned the experience into something that will benefit the public.


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