Fighting House Fires: The 20 Minute Rule

Cory Schmidt Grand Island Fire Chief.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- It takes about 20 minutes for a house to be burned to the ground.

On average the Grand Island Fire Department get to a fire within four minutes, but weather and other factors can get in the way.

Working to keep your home safe the department held a drill today at an abandoned east side home to better train its first responders.

“It is very important that these types of live practices are performed because only the firefighters face in their own skin the real conditions, the heat, the dust, the smoke, the time against and all the factors around” says Fire Chief Cory Schmidt.

Firefighter Harvey Langrehr says, “This kind of training allows us to acquire new skills and knowledge that make the difference in having to go out to face a fire.”

Chief Schmidt says children need to know what to do if a fire breaks out. He also says a $10 smoke detector is well worth the money.

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