Firefighters emerge from the compound where the live fire training was held at Fire Station #4 off of N Whisman Road on May 4, 2015. The students come from fire departments all over Northern California. Photo by Magali Gauthier
Engineer Marshall from Morgan Hill suits up before entering the compound with the other students during the Fire Control 3B class held at Fire Station #4 on May 4, 2015. Photo by Magali Gauthier
The students from Fire Control 3B stay in the compound while allowing the fire to build up before putting it out. The 2-day course is state certified class and focuses on reviewing indoor and outdoor fire behavior as well as door entry and hose advancement techniques, to name a few. It is being held at Fire Station #4 on May 4, 2015 and May 5, 2015. Photo by Magali Gauthier
Captain Robbins of the Mountain View Fire Department closes the compound door during the exercise at Fire Station #4 on May 4, 2015. Photo by Magali Gauthier
Captain Brant Healy of the Mountain View Fire Department is the last participant to clean his head gear of particles of smoke, fire, and debris during the Fire Control 3B class at Fire Station #4 on May 4, 2015. Cancer associated with the inhalation of smoke and the contact with various toxins is now considered the number one killer of firefighters. Due to this, the students were required to stand in front of fans to clean their gear after the activity. Photo by Magali Gauthier
The Mountain View Fire Department will be conducting live fire training today and tomorrow at Station 4 on North Whisman Road, causing intermittent, light smoke in the area throughout the day.
The training will include a controlled burn in the fire department's "training cell" at 229 N. Whisman Avenue, both in the morning around 9 a.m. as well as in the afternoon around 1:15 p.m. Firefighters from Mountain View and other nearby agencies will practice putting out the flames as part of their certification training, according to fire department spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.
Efforts were made to reduce the amount of smoke produced in the live fire training, and the fire itself will be a "clean burn" without any unknown materials added to the fire, Garret said.
"We don't throw couches in there, we try to limit the smoke exposure in the neighborhood," she said.
The fire department had to get approval from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to burn today and tomorrow -- it wouldn't have been allowed on a Spare the Air day, Garrett said.