Hoarder Training In Oregon

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Firefighters never know what to expect when they head into a burning home, but one of the most dangerous situations they can encounter is hoarding.

Clackamas Fire District No. 1 firefighters spent Wednesday evening training for that very situation.

Crews turned an abandoned club house at the old Pleasant Valley Golf Course into a mock hoarder’s home. They packed it full of furniture and boxes, then filled the building with fake smoke.

The drill began when a group of firefighters pulled up to the simulated house fire. They were told it was 3 a.m. and a neighbor reported that three people were still inside the burning home.

“If we showed up at 3 o’clock in the morning to a house and there were cars outside and someone told us there were still people inside, then we go into rescue mode,” said firefighter Jason Ellison. “We all go barreling inside the house, strategically looking in the bedrooms. ”


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