Friday, October 4, 2013

Fire demonstration is a collaborative effort

Hands on learning and real life experience are woven into the curriculum of Columbia Area Career Center classes.  In cooperation with the Columbia Fire Department, Larry Henneke's Advanced Welding and Eric Radmer's Construction Technology classes were asked to construct a "House" on a trailer for the express purpose of demonstrating fire damage with and without a sprinkler system. The "house" consists of side by side rooms set up with smoke detectors with only one unit having a sprinkler system installed. This live burn will allow students to watch as the rooms are set on fire and observe the difference a sprinkler system can make in a life threatening event. The fire department will be on hand to put all the fires out. In addition, students from Bobby Horn's Core Essentials of Firefighting class as well as CACC students who are members of the  Columbia Fire Department Explorer Program will be present to add to the experience. Members of Joe Wittman's Broadcast Journalism  class have been filming the construction process and will be on hand to document the demonstration. 
The demonstration takes place on 
Friday, October 4, 2013 
Columbia Area Career Center-Construction Technology Parking Lot
4203 S. Providence.
It begins at 1:30 pm and will last about 45 minutes. The public is invited to attend.

Laying out the project

Framing the walls

Larry Henneke instructing students 

Siding and trim work

Drywall installation
Installing furniture and smoke detectors

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