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October 29, 2003

Albany -- Smoke poured out of an abandoned home in downtown Albany Wednesday afternoon. But it was only a training exercise for the Albany Fire Department. Firefighters were demonstrating positive pressure ventilation.

They use fans to blow fresh air into a burning building, to help move the smoke out as quickly as possible. That makes the fire easier to put out, cuts down on damage, and could save lives.

Assistant Fire Chief James Carswell said "When you pressurize it and give the smoke a direction to go, then it clears out quicker and you can find the victim much easier."

The smoke used in the exercise is a theatrical brand that is harmless. The exercise was video taped by firefighters. That tape will be used to train firefighters at all 11 of their stations, and in the future.

posted at 4:10 PM by jimw@walb.com