The Boiling Springs Fire Department will conduct a series of training drills over the next few days at the former Hardee location at 206 S. Main St.
The event will culminate in a controlled burn today at around 6 p.m. which will interrupt traffic in the evening.
The property was purchased by Gardner-Webb University in January. An announcement on redevelopment plans for the future use of GWU will be made soon.
Hardee’s opened in 1986 and closed last year in September.
Boiling Springs Fire Chief Chad Jones said other departments in the area would help. Shanghai, Number Seven, Cleveland Volunteer and candidates from the Cleveland Community College Fire Academy are expected to attend.
“Being able to practice rescue and extinguishing in a commercial setting is a unique opportunity for the fire department,” Jones said. “Several times a year we are fortunate to have residential structures to train in, but it is rare to have large open spaces and commercial construction to mitigate.”
David Wacaster, the university’s operations director for facilities and maintenance, said when campus officials began to draw up demolition plans, the opportunity to provide valuable training to firefighters in the area was immediately apparent. sustained.
“We are delighted to help facilitate training drills not only for the Boiling Springs Fire Department, but for all of our community firefighters,” said Wacaster. “We value and appreciate the men and women who proudly serve this community by volunteering their time to help protect our property. In chatting with Chief Jones, the opportunity to conduct an exercise like this on a commercial property is rare. It will provide firefighters with an experience that will help them prepare not only for a fire, but also for search and rescue operations. “
In addition to providing a learning experience on working inside the building, the exercise will also provide logistics training for departments to work together. They will gain first-hand experience in managing an incident command center, and engineers and operators will receive training on fire apparatus for engine companies and tanker operations.
Wacaster suggested people avoid the immediate surroundings.
“As this will be an actual burning exercise, do not interfere with the firefighters,” he said. “Traffic along South Main Street will be altered for the live burn on June 30th. We are working with the GWU Police Department and the City of Boiling Springs on a traffic pattern for this date. “
The Town of Boiling Springs and the Fire Department will make a public service announcement through the town’s notification system as to the time of the fire. The southbound lane of South Main Street may be temporarily closed during installation and during training exercise. The latest updates will be available on the city and fire department social media pages.