If you heard fire sirens in Sparks on Tuesday Night, there was no reason to be alarmed. The Sparks Fire Department staged a high-rise training exercise.
The Silver Club Hotel in Sparks has been closed since 2009. The owners, Nevada Casino Holdings, offered up the space to the Sparks Fire Department for training purposes. The Fire Department took full advantage this week with realistic high rise fire simulations. Tuesday was their sixth and final simulation. Sparks Fire Chief Andy Flock explains exactly what happens during the training.
"We'll work our way up from the first floor to the fourth floor and that will present some problems in itself. We've got a smoke machine that's actually going to smoke this up so when our firefighters go in, they're going to have a difficult time seeing. Take some hose up to the upper level floors, and hook it up to that. Go down, do search and rescue in each of the rooms looking for occupants and suppressing the fire at the same time. We are going to have some mock victims for them to go in and rescue. That is the primary goal that we have is rescuing people and suppressing the fire as well," says Sparks Fire Chief Andy Flock.