AFD burned an old house at 604 Cotton Street to help future arson investigators
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Leaders in the Albany Fire Department set fire to condemned houses Friday morning, as part of a week-long training session.
AFD burned an old house at 604 Cotton Street to help future arson investigators learn how to determine where and how fires start. Two houses were on the burn list for Friday.
Hands-on training through burning structures goes back several years with AFD. Officers video tape what they did inside to start the fires, and then in this week's cases, future arson investigators go in later and try to determine what happened after the fact.
"We got structures that there are no occupants. It's been torn up, all the wires have been removed, it's unsafe for us to go in there. When we roll up on the scene early in the morning, late a night, we think that somebody is in there. We are operating with the saving life concept first," said Battalion Chief Matthew Jefferson.
Another home around the corner on Cherry Street was also burned for training.
The videos can also be used to train firefighters who are not trying to become investigators.
Also, the structures cannot be used by squatters or as drug dens in the future, leaving green space instead.