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Abandoned buildings used for firefighter training

Abandoned buildings used for firefighter training

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 6:30 PM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 9:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Earlier on Monday, firefighters were called to the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue on the report of a house fire. However, that house fire, was for training purposes.

Fake smoke billowed from the second floor as firefighters began their training. The focus today was getting to a victim trapped in a house fire as quickly as possible. Assistant Chief of Special Operations for the Fort Wayne Fired Department Tim Maloney says the men and women get a passing grade today.

Maloney said, "They actually executed it perfectly. That's part of, one of the benefits of training is we constantly rehearse the things we do everyday so we can continuously stay proficient at it."

The fire department uses abandoned buildings to simulate real life scenarios. One local resident is glad the abandoned buildings are being used.

Jeff Blevins said, "They need to do it at these homes that need to come down. I think that is the best use for this."

Jim Obergfell, who works at Automotive Hardware Supplies around the corner helped by the house on Harrison Avenue and donated it to the fire department for training.

"It's always good for some good to come out of something. That was an old abandoned house that we just purchased to clean up the area. So, it's good that they were able to use it," said Obergfell

Some may think house training isn't useful, but that's not true according to Maloney. He recounted a story where the house training was quickly put to the test, saying

"First quarter of 2017, we were conducting basic search training, a little bit different that this. When the crew just got done with training on the way back to their station, they caught a run where they performed those skills they just rehearsed again and practiced and saved somebody."

So even though they were carrying out dummies in training today, they could be carrying you out in real life tomorrow

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