Manuel Quimper Motel: hosts a fire training event
MapleLine Magazine: Aug.25, 2010 << Back to Breaking News
SOOKE, BC. During the week of September 20 to 24, the old Manuel Quimper Motel in Sooke will be used in a series of deliberately set fires as a training exercise for over 100 fire, police and insurance investigators.
The motel -- centrally located in Sooke at 6585 Sooke Road -- is still promoted online on many travel and tourism websites, but is now slated for demolition as part of the new Mariner’s Village (condominium, retail shops and marina development). The property was donated to the Sooke Fire Rescue Service by Condor Properties Ltd. The closed 20-unit motel will become a live fire classroom for the students where they will learn techniques and skills for investigating a variety of accidental and arson related fires. The International Association of Arson Investigators will provide the instructors for the week-long event.
"Having 20 furnished rooms to observe during a burn will be a rare training opportunity," says Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen. He explained that computer sensors will be used to observe how fast heat rises and how long it takes for temperatures to lower again. Observers, including fire rescue volunteers, local municipal politicians and insurance investigators, will be able to watch scenarios (that they otherwise just read or hear about) in real time.
Demonstrations on the effects of residential sprinkler systems will also be featured as one of the motel rooms will be equipped with a sprinkler system while an identical adjoining room will be left as is without the benefit of sprinkler protection.
Simultaneous fires will be set and the outcome will be immediately seen. Several of the fires will be used as research for better understanding of a fires progression and how different building features and environmental influences can affect the spread of fire. It is hoped that this information can be incorporated into future codes and standards that may ultimately save lives and property.
The Sooke Fire Rescue Service also recently participated in the nationl The Fire Within calendar project. They did a photo shoot at Whiffen Spit as well as at the fire hall. The calendars will be given to each donor of $20 or more dollars at the upcoming Heroes in the Sky event on Sat. September 11 from 10 am to 10 pm. The all-collections-for-charity event will see up to 12 local dignitaries suspended from the fire department's ladder truck; all in good fun, the donations from onlookers will activate lowering of the dignitaries to the ground, foot by foot. Running alongside the 4th annual Sooke Lions Club Great Chili Challenge at 6639 Sooke Road (across from Evergreen Centre) with dunk tank, bouncy house, and family fair, the Heroes in the Sky event is sure to draw a crowd during the back to school season.
The closed and abandoned Manuel Quimper Motel is still listed on travel and tourism websites throughout the Internet that have not been updated. Manuel Quimper (1757-1844) was a Spanish seafaring explorer who charted the south/west shores of Vancouver Island in the 1790s. As part of his charting and mapping, Quimper named Gonzales Point in Victoria, BC (and indirectly Gonzales Bay and Gonzales Hill at the same location), Puerto de Cordova (now Esquimalt), Rada de Eliza (now Pedder Bay, BC) and Puerta de Revillagigedo (now Sooke, BC). Named for the cartographer and explorer are such landmarks as Mount Manuel Quimper on Vancouver Island and Quimper Park, a commemorative site near Sooke, BC which was dedicated on June 23, 1990 to mark the 200th anniversary of Quimper's landing there. MM
>> Sooke Fire Rescue Service - blog page
>> Manuel Quimper - cartographer, explorer, naval officer
>> Mariner's Village - town core development in Sooke, BC
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