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Home Depot donates supplies for McHenry Township Fire Protection District burn house training

Members of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District pose with Home Depot employees who donated supplies for district training. (L to R): Brandon Barta, Chris Rohde, Michael Manka,Venus Obara,Kevin Tracz, Daniel Suarez, Marcus Huemann, Geri Quirk, Gus Dimopoulos and Tony Rathbun.
Members of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District pose with Home Depot employees who donated supplies for district training. (L to R): Brandon Barta, Chris Rohde, Michael Manka,Venus Obara,Kevin Tracz, Daniel Suarez, Marcus Huemann, Geri Quirk, Gus Dimopoulos and Tony Rathbun.

The McHenry Home Depot, 2461 N. Richmond Road, donated supplies to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District to build six dollhouse training props for a fire dynamics burn demonstration later this month.

“We are pleased that Home Depot partnered with us for this important training exercise,” Chief Tony Huemann said. “The generous donation of plywood and other supplies was used to build structures resembling large dollhouses that will allow our firefighters to get hands-on experience in a unique and creative fire and smoke flow demonstration. This is learning beyond the classroom.”

Kevin Tracz, a McHenry Township Fire Protection District resident and a firefighter in a neighboring community, volunteered his time to construct six dollhouse structures using the donated wood. As part of the training, the dollhouses will be burned, and fire behavior will be simulated by opening windows and venting the roof to show fire and smoke flow paths.

“This is a safe and visual method to show the dangers of poorly timed or undisciplined ventilation,” Huemann said. “We are very appreciative of the sponsorship of materials for this event from our friends and neighbors at the McHenry Home Depot.”

This training exercise will be in conjunction with a live burn of a house in Johnsburg at the end of May. For information about the training, call the district at 815-385-0075.

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