Myrtle Beach firefighters demolish home with ‘live burn’ training

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The Myrtle Beach Fire Department will perform a “live burn” training exercise Friday morning.

The live burn will take place around 9:30 a.m. at a city-owned home located on Withers Swash Drive. The process will take about 30 minutes to an hour. The practice exercise for the Myrtle Beach Fire Department serves a dual purpose in demolishing the unused home.

“At the training academy, we can only set it up so much,” explains Lt. Jonathan Evans with MBFR. “We use a burn building that is made out of shipping containers that we’ve welded together. So, we can change the furniture around and things like that, but, after a while, you kind of get a lay of the land. With a house like this, you don’t really know the layout, so it’s a little different.”

Neighbors who live in the area shouldn’t be alarmed when they see the smoke. This controlled burn helps provide new firefighting recruits with the opportunity to gain real-world knowledge and experience. This burn will give the recruits some realistic fire training and count towards their Firefighter 2 Certification.