Devon donates high-rise firefighting equipment to Oklahoma City

Devon Energy Corp. has donated high-rise firefighting equipment to Oklahoma City for use in case of an emergency at Devon Tower, the company's 50-story downtown skyscraper.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: November 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm •  Published: November 22, 2012
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“If we get one of these, we're going to need all hands on deck to take care of it.”

Firefighters train for high-rise fires, with an emphasis on training the firefighters who work in and near downtown, Woodard said.

But the problems that could be presented in the Devon Tower stand out among other local buildings.

Department officials are finalizing what kinds of equipment to buy, but that will be done soon, Woodard said.

Officials said they hope the equipment is never put to use.

And that will probably be the case because of how much care Devon officials took to plan for fires and other emergencies in the building, Woodard said.

“I would imagine it's one of the safest buildings in Oklahoma,” Woodard said. “But we still could have something happen there, and we need to be prepared.”

The building is equipped with sprinklers and high-tech fire detection and suppression systems, and fire officials made regular visits to the tower while it was under construction to better understand what challenges and advantages they would have in case of an emergency.



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