Firefighters practiced extinguishing a fire last Thursday inside a retired cheese sizzle booth.
The Wellington Women’s League donated its former booth to help the fire department train in preparation for the Lorain County Fair. The league raises money each year at the fair and donates its funds.
Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee said his department has received funding for various water rescue items, a camera for investigations, and smoke detectors from the league.
The booth allowed firefighters to determine their response time from the station to the fairgrounds and the amount of time needed to extinguish a cooking fire if it may occur during the week.
“It was determined that an important aspect in fire control is the ability of the people operating cooking booths to be able to use their own extinguisher to initially knock the fire down and hold it in check until fire crews can arrive to fully extinguish the blaze,” he said. “The initial actions taken by booth personnel can certainly make a difference.”
All vendors are required to have the correct type of inspected fire extinguishers in their booth or tent.
Wetherbee said even with a fire crew on the grounds, navigating through the crowd and reaching the destination can be a lengthy process ranging from three to five minutes.
Courtesy photos Firefighter Jason Dumke and Lt. Ethan Little work to extinguish a practice fire at the former cheese sizzle booth.