A four-week joint training exercise involving three St. Tammany Fire Protection Districts culminated Saturday with the controlled burning of a home near Covington.

Over the last month, firefighters from Districts 2, 12 and 13 used an abandoned home for training exercises involving tactical operations, search and rescue techniques, hose deployment, ventilation techniques, fire suppression, and fire origin and cause determination.  The home, at 75421 River Road, was donated to FD12 by Judy and Milous Holliday.

More than 90 firefighters participated in the exercises, and the controlled burn was completed on Aug. 3.  Click HERE for video of the home being consumed by fire.

“Ongoing training is vital to the safety of firefighters and to the public we serve,” said Dominick Bourgeois, chief of training at FD12.  “We are very thankful the Hollidays made this home available to us.  The people of all three fire districts that participated will be better served as a result.”

“We have other properties that have been donated that we’ll be using in coming weeks for similar exercises,” said FD12 Chief of Fire Prevention Kris Hines.  “Experiences like these are extraordinarily valuable for all of us in the fire service.”

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