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Training with fire

Firefighters and investigators received some first-hand experience Tuesday in fire suppression and investigation.


Bokescreek Township firefighters suppress a simulated living room fire Tuesday during a training session at the West Mansfield Conservation Club. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

A daylong training session was hosted by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company at the West Mansfield Conservation Club. The Iowa-based mutual insurance company hosts about five such hands-on information sessions each year, but it was their first in Ohio, said Josh Ott, Grinnell’s Ohio investigator.

Mr. Ott is a resident of West Mansfield and has volunteered with Bokescreek Township Fire and EMS Department for three years.   

The event was attended by several firefighters, joined by investigators from fire departments and private insurance companies, said David Miller, director of special investigations for Grinnell Mutual. Columbus-area fire districts were represented, as well as investigators from the city of Delaware Fire Department and a group from Cleveland.

“It’s a nice collection of people,” Mr. Miller said. “The morning session included classroom work and then we get into some live burns to show fire patterns and how things burn.”

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