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Volunteer firefighters conduct live fire training

Updated: Sunday, September 29 2013, 07:05 PM CDT
Reported by Jesse Knutson (JKnutson@sbgtv.com)

EMIGSVILLE -- In Central Pennsylvania, thousands of people give their time to help keep our communities safe, by being volunteer firefighters.
The job takes a lot more than just giving time, it takes hundreds of hours of training every year.

Today volunteers from United Hook and Ladder Company #33 in York County focused their training on one of the most dangerous types of fires, basement fires.

“Basement fires are real serious because they’re in a confined space," says Fire Chief Steve Rabine.

To make it as real as possible, straw and oak palettes were lit in the basement of the building, creating real smoke, and real heat getting up to 1200 degrees. To put the fire out, firefighters hooked hydrants, dragged the tack lines, and did a search throughout the entire building and Fire Chief Steve Rabine says one of the keys is making sure everyone is on the same page.

“Just like a sports team, you go through the playbook, you continue to roll through the plays,” says Rabine.

And just like a sports team, firefighters have to practice in order to be their best when they’re called to fight a fire. “You need to practice on the little stuff to get the more extreme stuff in the time of a real emergency."
 
Volunteers say this is something they’re happy to do, because they know how necessary it is to keep people safe.
 
Volunteer firefighter Kevin Moul tells CBS 21 News, “The bottom line is, we want to make sure everybody comes out goes home, and goes home safely.”
 
This basement training is done yearly, but volunteer firefighters have training on several techniques twice a month all on their own time, saving the community millions of dollars.

Volunteer firefighters conduct live fire training


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