Fire stations work toward better training for ethanol fires - – Rockford’s News Leader

Fire stations work toward better training for ethanol fires


Area fire crews use this weather as an opportunity for some intense training.

Fire departments from across the region trained in Kirkland Saturday afternoon for ethanol fires. Cars doused in ethanol were set fire to, then firefighters worked to put them out.

Ethanol fires can't be fought with water, leaving crews with a tough task.

One area fireman spoke about the strategy they practiced to put the flames out.

"Utilizing the correct type of foam and a better more refined process of applying it are kind of the keys to understanding better how to extinguish an ethanol blaze," said South Beloit Training Officer Gary Brown.

Another ethanol fire training is scheduled next weekend in Saranac.

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