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Fire Training Exercise

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Date: April 30, 2010
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Training Burn Scheduled for May 8

The St. Croix Falls Fire Department will utilize a structure located at 410 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls for a training exercise on Saturday, May 8. The controlled burning of the structure will allow local firefighters to enhance their expertise in areas such as live fire entry, search and rescue techniques, and other aspects of structural fire suppression.  The structure will ultimately be burned to the ground upon completion of training activities. 

The National Park Service acquired the residence in 2009 with intentions of removing it, allowing the property to be utilized for future expansion of facilities and to address surface water run-off issues associated with the adjacent parking area.  

“Local fire departments rarely get the opportunity to burn down structures. This is a way to provide valuable, realistic training. It could possibly save lives by the lessons that they learn,” said Chief Ranger Bob Whaley of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. 

Presumed asbestos containing materials and other hazardous building components have been removed from the structure.

The training exercise will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until early afternoon.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

For additional information on the Riverway, please call (715) 483-2274.

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.