Using buildings constructed specifically to simulate a real house fire, Thomasville firefighters complete a challenge course involving stairs, tangled ropes, and retrieval tasks-all while wearing blacked-out masks.
Fire officials say this type of training is especially important now that the number of real house fires is on the decline.
Fire Captain Greg Owens told us, " [If] We don't get to practice our skills in actual fires, we come over here to practice in the training scenario just to keep our skills sharp."
Firefighters think the drill is good because it keeps them on their toes.
"You've gotta stay concentrated on what you're doing and multiple things at one time because you're trying to keep yourself safe so that you can actually make that rescue," says firefighter Kory Anderson.
Firefighters run the course with full gear; they say it is a good refresher on how to handle situations that could mean life or death.
Officials say more experienced firefighters also have the opportunity to earn advanced badges if they complete more difficult drills and rescue maneuvers.
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