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Firefighters Hone Skills While Cleaning the Neighborhood

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Thomasville firefighters were feeling the heat Thursday morning -- but these flames weren't caused by just any fire.

The Fire Department conducted an acquired house burn to train new members.

The structures the fire department burns are mostly long-abandoned houses that have been sitting vacant.

Fire officials say that burn houses are necessary because they train men on how to properly respond to fires without actually exposing them to danger.

Says Assistant Fire Chief Tim Connell, "It's training - it's the best training we can get without actually having a structure fire we don't know about."

Emergency medical staff were on hand to offer assistance if needed.

"During the training burn, if we see somebody who's excessively sweaty, we'll pull them out, check their vital signs, rehydrate them, and make sure they're OK before they go back in, " said paramedic Fred Brents.

Officials say the burn house exercises are also important because they help rid the community of structurally unstable buildings.

Brents added,"It gets rid of the old houses that aren't liveable, so hopefully somebody can rebuild and have a nice place."

The new firefighters had to go through a live fire training as their last certification before joining the ranks on the fire engine.

Connell praised his men: "They did really good, really good. It's a hot day, it's very hot inside, they stood their ground and they did everything they were told to do."

Fire officials told us everything went according to plan...all the homes surrounding the burn site were untouched and no injuries occurred.


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