EVERETT, WA – The Everett Fire Department will conduct live-fire training at 3400 Norton Avenue (access 34 St/Nassau St) in the Port Gardner neighborhood, Monday through Thursday, May 6, 7, 8, and 9. The training exercises are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude around 5 p.m. each day.
“Live-fire training allows our firefighters to practice extinguishment, ventilation, and search techniques in a controlled environment,” said Chief Dave DeMarco. “We are committed to being good neighbors during the exercise and will do our best to minimize impacts to residents and drivers in the area.”
Live-fire training is required by Washington State law, and provides a platform for fire personnel to gain valuable practice and experience in a realistic, but controlled, environment.
Neighbors can expect to see a heavy presence of fire apparatus, firefighters and smoke in the area during training sessions. Crews will ensure that roadways are minimally impacted and residents’ driveways will not be blocked unless previously arranged with the homeowner. Everett firefighters will provide direct notification to residents ahead of the training.
The building at 3400 Norton Avenue is owned and managed by the Everett Elks Lodge #479. It was previously used as a scout shack for the Boy Scouts of America Troop #1, but is no longer in use and is scheduled for demolition. The Elks offered the building for fire training, which allows the department to conduct the training at a lower cost and in a more realistic setting, rather than sending crews to an outside training facility.
Community members with questions can contact the fire department at email@example.com or 425-257-8100.