Controlled burn helps Altoona firefighters keep skills sharp
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Alex Michael + Danielle Wagner | WEAU
ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Local firefighters worked at keeping their skills sharp today during a controlled burn.
Altoona firefighters took part in the training at a home located off Highway 12.
The home was donated to the fire department by the owners.
Firefighters say after the house went through environmental and safety assessments - it could be used for the training exercise.
"We go in and do burns, like a room and contents fire basically. We are not burning the whole house down all at one time and it's a controlled environment. That way fire tact crews get practice with burning in a live situation in a real house, with some unknowns, so it makes it a lot more realistic" said Deputy Fire Chief Troy Stoneberg.
During the course of the training, the burns are repeated so each team can get practice on the live burn.
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