Fire demonstration

Two mock children's bedrooms, inside a metal container, were set alight at the Kelowna Fire Department's annual open house on Sunday. The room on the left did not have sprinklers; the one on the right did.

Cool and drizzly conditions look to have diminished the crowd size at Kelowna Fire Department's annual open house.

Dozens of people rather than hundreds turned out for Sunday's event at the Enterprise Way main firehall.

Attractions included a simulated high-angle rescue, demonstration of the Jaws of Life being used on a wrecked vehicle, and a side-by-side controlled burn intended to convey the importance of a sprinkler system.

Two mock children's bedrooms, inside a large metal container, were set alight. A firefighter lit one room; Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr used a match on the other.

Within minutes, the room lit by Fuhr - which did not have sprinklers - was a roaring inferno, with flames billowing from the container and nasty thick smoke spiralling upward.

The other container, with a sprinkler, had flame visible but was nowhere near the size of the adjacent conflagration.

Aside from being a crowd-pleasing spectacle, the demonstration is intended to convey the importance of families having, and practicing, an emergency escape plan.