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Rookie firefighters get live fire training

December 20, 2005

Valdosta - It's an experience no instruction book or teacher can prepare you for. "It was warm, it was definitely hot," said Justin Smith, Firefighter.

These new firefighters are getting their first hands on experience with a live fire. "Its as real life as it could possibly get," said Chief J.D. Rice.

The Valdosta Fire Department torched an old home Tuesday morning to give these rookies a feel for what a day on the job is like. "It's to give them an understanding of what the equipment can do for them and how it actually feels to be inside of a live fire," said Rice.

Even though its only training, the smoke and flames are as real as it gets. It gives them the chance to learn about all aspects of fire fighting, from proper use of their equipment, to the different ways a fire can burn and the best way to attack the blazes. "I've learned a lot, it teaches you everything you need to know about the job," said Smith.

Firefighters learn how to prepare for these types of situations in the classroom, but coming face to face with these flames is a whole new experience.  "It's totally different, its just so much more intense and the adrenaline rush is definitely kicking," said Smith.

And when its time to tackle an actual call, this experience will ensure that they've got the skills they need to save your home and your family.

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