Mission firefighters hone skills

Pelican Lake Fire training
Fire Tuesday, July 28, destroyed an older cabin on the northside of Pelican Lake, northeast of Breezy Point . The fire was intentional and part of Mission Fire and Rescue’ training. Submitted Photo / Mission Fire and Rescue

BREEZY POINT — Flames and smoke rose Tuesday night, July 28, on the northside of Pelican Lake, northeast of Breezy Point.

Boaters on the lake, as well as people on the residential street, sat and watched as the fire destroyed an older cabin on the 11000 block of Hamilton Circle. But the operation was one of more general interest than alarm.

The fire was intentionally set and is part of Mission Fire and Rescue’s fire training that began at 7:30 p.m. and wrapped up about 10 p.m. The homeowner of the story-and-a-half, “A” frame cabin, which was built in the ‘60s, donated the structure to the fire department providing an option for firefighters to work on their skills.

Mission Fire Chief Eric Makowski-Budrow said the fire department has a young crew so it was a good, positive training for the firefighters to experience first hand the overall operations of extinguishing a large structure fire. About 20 firefighters took part in the training. Skills the firefighters worked on included tactics of fighting a fire, the use of water supply and the overall engine operation and working as a team in an efficient and safe manner.

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