MDI fire departments conduct training burn

BAR HARBOR — The controlled burn of a Schooner Head Road house owned by the Jackson Laboratory provided a training opportunity for firefighters from all the Mount Desert Island area fire departments.

Firefighters from different departments were assigned to companies together, and each went through a “transitional fire attack” training evolution — knocking down a fire in one room of the house from the outside, then going inside to finish the job. At the end of the day the building was burned down completely.

“We’re really grateful to the lab for the opportunity,” said Bar Harbor chief Matt Bartlett, who served as incident commander for the training burn. “Every time you can do live fire training, nothing but positive comes out of it.”

For a gallery of photos from the training burn, visit

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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