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Into the Fire

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

Thomasville firefighters say their equipment is their first line of defense. And they're making sure mine fits just right.

Training officer Captain Tim Connell is coordinating the exercise.

"We have a lot of older houses here in Thomasville, we get a lot of smoke and a lot of heat."

Just seconds after the fire was set, flames climbed the wall and reached the ceiling, a smoke layer was formed with only about two feet to crawl underneath, and it was time for us to get out.

"The fire spread fast, we were in forty-five seconds before the heat and smoke ran us out."

Firefighters kept the fire under control and let the blaze burn itself out. And they say there's no alternative to this real-life training.

"We're real fortunate to do this, it gives everybody a chance to see the thermal layering, how the heat builds from the ceiling downwards. It shows us the importance of what we're trained to do, stay low, get in there, get out, knock it down."

To put it in perspective, Adam ran out after less than a minute, and that's often when these firefighters are running into a fire.

To escape a fire, firefighters suggest a test you can do at home. Blindfold yourself and see how long it takes you to get from your bed or couch to your front door or window.


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