If you feel as though there has been a good deal of emergency responder activity in the area around 75th Street and Nall Avenue the past few days, you’re not alone — and you’re right. But there haven’t been any actual emergencies in the area.
Police and fire crews have used two houses on Ash Street as the site for extensive training exercises since Monday. The houses, which are owned by Asbury United Methodist Church, are subject to be demolished, so the church offered to donate them as training sites to the Prairie Village Police Department and Consolidated Fire District No. 2.
The police used the houses to stage training routines Monday and Tuesday. Firefighters got access to the houses Wednesday and will be running exercises there through Nov. 7. The fire department will be conducting “full destructive training,” simulating real fires and having firefighters locate the source of the blaze and douse it with a hose.
“It is real beneficial to have these structures to train in because it allows us to act as if there is a real fire,” said Chris Wagers, fire training officer. “This is as close as we can get to the real deal.”
Asbury says the church is contemplating a few potential different uses for the properties where the vacant houses currently sit. They’ll remain empty lots until the church comes to a decision about the best use for the space.