The heat is turned on and people are using candles for Hanukkah or as Christmas decorations. This is a busy time of year for fire safety. Danbury Fire Chief Geoff Herald says the Department recently received a $2,000 donation for High Rise Fire Safety Training.
The donation is from Danbury Hospital. Structures where the Department's 100 foot ladder would have trouble getting to all floors or the roof are considered high rise structures. Even if there aren't many floors in a building but the terrain around the building makes it hard to fight a fire from the outside, that structure would also be considered a high rise.
He cited examples of the 12 story tower at Danbury Hospital and Housing Authority properties on Beaver Street and a couple on Main Street.
Herald says tall buildings require fire fighters to go inside to battle a blaze so the training seminar will address the risks firefighters face in the process. Herald says the training seminar will address the special issues for attacking these fires as well.