Firefighter training underway at former Toisnot Apartments


Wilson Fire/Rescue Services will hold a live-burn training at the flood-damaged Toisnot Apartments, beginning April 11 and concluding April 21.

The city acquired the apartments, located at 3815 Ward Boulevard, after they flooded following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The fire exercises will clear the property for possible addition to the adjacent Toisnot Park.

The training is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, Thursday, April 13 and Monday, April 17, before concluding with a burndown on Friday, April 21. The exercises are all expected to be held between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The schedule will allow all Wilson Fire/Rescue firefighters to participate. The department has extended an invitation to Wilson County’s volunteer departments and current fire cadets to the final burning on April 21.

The scene will have one final training use – for a fire investigators class later this year.

The city has already notified nearby residents of the potential noise and smoke, but motorists should be aware of the exercise.