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March 24, 2010
Hot smoke starts to gather near the ceiling inside a simulator after flames, fueled by wood and large pieces of plywood placed on walls at the front intensifies and growing heat and poisonous gases are spewed out. Trainer Rich Graeber of Colorado (left) meanwhile offers advice to these local and visiting firemen who will in turn train others about the danger of flashover—and how to combat the phenomenon. ©Provost News Photo.
‘An ocean of fire coming down’
Local and out of town firefighters had the heat turned up on them as they entered a new metal training structure in Provost designed to teach about and prevent a serious situation called a flashover.

Instructor Rich Graeber of Bayfield, Colorado was in town on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21 when 12 people were trained—who will in turn help train other firefighters in the area.

Those who accepted an invitation from the Provost fire department included volunteers from Macklin, Wainwright, County of Vermilion River, County of Flagstaff and members of the Provost group.

The new equipment arrived in town approximately a month ago from San Diego, California.

The $40,000 flashover simulator consists of two shipping style metal containers with one of them 20 feet long and the other 10 feet long and both about 8.5 feet wide and 8.5 feet high. They are joined together so smoke can flow between them.

Wooden pallets cut into pieces are lit with a blow torch which then ignites large sheets of plywood that are hung on the walls before each training session.

The “Swede Survival Flashover System” simulator is designed for firefighter survival training. It lets firefighters observe— multiple times—fire behavior and the signs that lead to the “flashover” phenomenon in a controlled setting.

Local fire chief Barry Johnstone says that thick black smoke often occurs in building fires and there is a danger that the smoke will spontaneously combust.

Full story in March 24 edition of The Provost News.
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Movie May be Shot Here
An actor from Los Angeles was in Provost recently to walk through the town and visit the surrounding rural area to study it before writing a detailed script for a proposed 90 minute to 120 minute movie that may be filmed here.

The proposal, initiated by the local Economic Development Committee would mean that Hollywood actor Corbin Bernsen—who has acted in hundreds of roles including movies, stage and television would write the script and be one of the main characters in a film that has a tentative production beginning in November.

The 55 year old former L.A. Law star confirmed in an interview in town on March 18 that he was in Provost doing a feasibility study and “exploration” with a goal of making the movie here.

Complete story in March 24 edition of The Provost News.
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Blades Repeat as BRHL Champions
The Provost Blades senior hockey club have repeated as Battle River Hockey League champions as they beat the Wainwright Rustlers four games to one in their best-of-seven series.

Photos and complete story in March 24 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask: "What Were You Thinking Inside the New Fire Training Building With Temperatures Hitting Between 300 and 1200 Degrees F.?"
. . . and we heard answers from Roy King, Barry Johnstone, Kim Cannady, and Dave Johnstone. Check out the March 24 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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