• We all know how the fire service has changed over the
years, with new NFPA regulations, better equipment, and
we’ve also gotten more knowledgeable about fire and
how to attack it. Along with that burning an acquired
structure has also gotten harder, by saying that I mean all
the leg work that goes into getting one ready to burn. A
homeowner wants us to burn a home that is not in the
best shape to start with; we cannot just say we will burn it
in two days anymore. We have a lot of documents that
we must obtain in order to burn this structure.
• The student shall be able to identify the
proper documentation and procedures for
burning an acquired structure according to
• Identify the fire department
• Identify the inspector’s role and
• Identify what documentation has to be on
scene while burning
• OSHA regulates every thing we do, so
under OSHA and EPD clean air act we are
required to have an asbestos inspection on
every structure we acquire to burn. All
asbestos must be removed prior to burning
the structure. The only exception to this rule
is wiring behind wall covering and in
ceilings, but we must take and cut the wires
back into the wall and ceilings.
What is asbestos;
• a generic name given to a number of
naturally occurring hydrated mineral
silicates that possess a unique crystalline
structure, are incombustible in air, and are
separable into commercially used fibers.
Asbestos includes the asbestiform varieties
of chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite,
anthophyllite, actinolite and tremolite.
Where is asbestos found?
• 1. Floor tile
• 2. Sheet rock mud
• 3. Ceiling tile
• 4. Mastics
• 5. Wiring insulation
6. Break and Clutch parts
7. Gaskets and O rings
The state attorney general's office charged two
McDonald firefighters and another man with
conspiring to burn down a house for fire training
purposes despite knowing it contained
The Firefighters were charged with arson, causing or risking a
catastrophe, tampering with public records, unlawful conduct
and two counts each of conspiracy and unsworn falsification to
Two days later, the DEP's emergency response team came to
the house following reports of toxic smoke and collected
samples from the rubble. The DEP tested the material and
returned positive results for asbestos.
Permission to burn
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT of NATURAL RESOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION
“AUTHORIZATION TO BURN”
Approval has been granted for the structure located at
to be used for the purpose of “LIVE FIRE TRAINING” to be conducted by
Fire Department on or between
EPD AGENT GEORGIA FORESTRY BURN
Thomasville Fire Rescue
Consent Release Form
For the consideration of the sum of _________________ Dollars
($800) paid in hand the undersigned hereby represents and agrees to the following.
The undersigned is the true and lawful owner of the improved real property located at
_______________________________ Thomasville Georgia. The building/ structure are free and clear of all liens,
pledges, mortgages and encumbrance of every kind whatsoever.
The undersigned has removed all items of value from the structure.
The Thomasville Fire Rescue has requested from the undersigned its consent and authorization to burn the structure
in accordance with a training session for the Thomasville Fire Rescue and the undersigned hereby consents and
authorizes the Thomasville Fire Rescue to burn the structure.
The undersigned does hereby release and forever discharge the Thomasville Fire Rescue and its employees, officers,
agents, successors and assigns and their heirs and personal representatives from any and all claims, actions, demands
and causes of action of every kind of nature arising from or by reason of the burning of the structure, except as may be
caused by negligence of the Thomasville Fire Rescue, or its officers, employees, agents, successors or assigns.
Done this______ day of _________, 2007
Review of enabling objectives
• We discussed what documents the fire
department must have
• We discussed the role of the inspector and
• We discussed what documents must be on
scene while burning the acquired structure
• As we can see it takes a lot of work to get to burn
permit to burn an acquired structure. Their will be
costs to the home owner as well as to the fire
department going to do the burn, but if were going
to continue to burn these structures we have to be
compliant with the Environmental Protection
Division to avoid fines. Fines may be anywhere
from $10,000 up on the first offence. But if we do
the proper paper work all will work out as we
planned and have a good training environment for
• In order to have a good training environment we
must ensure that we do all the correct procedures.
It all starts with the inspection. By doing this we
also avoid the risk of fines. Lets take the time to
teach our students the correct procedures in
firefighting. If they see us cutting corners on an
acquired structure then we lost most if not all of
our credibility to the students were teaching today
as well as others from the departments that were
present at this training. so lets take the time and do
it correctly and all will benefit.