TUSAYAN — Five emergency agencies came together on a wet Sunday afternoon last weekend at Grand Canyon National Park Airport to practice putting out a propane fire and a simulated Christmas tree fire.
The exercise, organized by Tusayan Fire Department fire chief Robbie Evans, said everything went well.
The multi-agency crew of firefighters head into the simulated Christmas tree blaze with a stream of water.
“We had 28 people in the class,” Evans said. “We had a propane emergency and then we went over and did the Christmas tree burn.”
Although the weather conditions were not ideal, Evans said that was just fine. In fact, those conditions were preferred.
“It’s more real that way,” Evans said. “It’s not always going to be nice (during an emergency). It was a good day because if we had done it during the summer, it gets too hot.”
Agencies joining the Tusayan firefighters in the exercise were the National Park Service, Grand Canyon airport, the Valle-Wood Volunteer Fire Department and the Kaibab Estates Volunteer Fire Department.
John Teague was the class instructor. Graves Butane of Valle helped with the exercise.
“I’m going to try to do this annually,” Evans said, who added that there’s also quarterly training scheduled with the NPS and the airport.