SOUTH KINGSTOWN – On Sunday, the South Kingstown Fire Department opened their training grounds to the public for a demonstration of their work.
As I pulled my car onto the grounds of the training center, I couldn’t help but notice the large concrete structure on my right side. The exterior was layered with dark black soot, and it looked like a scene from a movie.
I drove past the building and put my car in park. When I looked to my left, I noticed that the car parked there had been completely destroyed, presumably for training purposes.
I was greeted kindly by one of the firefighters upon stepping out of my car.
“Don’t you see what happened to the last people who parked over there?” said Steven Pinch, deputy chief, as he approached me and shook my hand firmly. “We’re just about to get a fire going if you want to suit up.”
When I saw the gear they had set out for me, I was amazed by the amount of garments, the weight of the gear, and the complexity of the apparatuses.
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