Firefighting Safety Seminar at JCC

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It's been two years since volunteer firefighter Garrett Loomis was killed while fighting a silo fire in Sackets Harbor.

Fire crews from across the region attended a safety session Saturday, named in Loomis' honor, to help make sure it doesn't happen again.

Loomis died while battling a blaze in what is called an 'oxygen-limiting silo', which can explode during a fire when air and water are allowed in.

Saturday's seminar at Jefferson Community College - the first in a series - was designed to give firefighters the information they need to safely fight those types of fires.

"So that they're able now, after the seminar, to determine the difference between a regular silo, a conventional silo, an oxygen-limiting silo, and safe ways of handling them when there's a fire with them," said Watertown Fire Department Captain T.G. Kolb.

Fire officials are also pushing for a law that would mark all oxygen-limiting silos, to alert firefighters of the danger.

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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