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Firefighters to take advantage of condemned buildings for training. - 10/15/20

Kelso, WA – Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will be utilizing four condemned buildings in the 200 and 300 blocks of SW 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue and on Catlin St. through the end of October for training.  Firefighters and officers will practice a variety of skills including emergency scene management, search and rescue techniques, roof ventilation techniques, and down firefighter rescue scenarios, among others. 

 

Jason Sanders, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Operations Chief, comments on the opportunity, “Having these buildings to train on is valuable.  It allows our firefighters and officers to train in unknown environments creating more realistic experiences.  There has been a lot of work put into this training and we’re excited to implement it.  We thank the City of Kelso for allowing us to safely train on these buildings before they are torn down.” 

 

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Early morning vacant house fire under investigation (Photo) - 10/11/20

Kelso, WA – Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and City of Longview Fire Department responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning just before 2 am behind Yan’s Chinese restaurant on Long Ave.  Firefighters reported heavy smoke and some flames coming from the vacant structure on their arrival and began attacking the fire from multiple sides.  Firefighters had trouble accessing parts of the add-on roof where hot spots lingered.  The fire was knocked down just after 3:30 and fully extinguished at 6:20.  Four fire engines, two Chief Officers responded to the incident.  Cowlitz County Public Utilities District and Kelso Police also responded.  The fire is under investigation.  The structure is considered a total loss, according to fire officials.  No injuries were reported.

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