Crews train with controlled burn

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The Weathersfield Township Fire Department is using a donated building to help train new firefighters in a controlled situation.

47 volunteer firefighters used the house on Main Street Saturday to test and refresh their skills.

“If you can’t train then you are going blind. You don’t want to go in some place where your life is in danger and you don’t have that experience behind you to build your own self confidence up,” said firefighter Cory Hinderliter.

The firefighters learned how to control and stamp out the flames and how to take care of themselves in the intense heat.

“We really appreciate the fact that these guys come out. They are volunteers giving up their whole Saturday. In the last couple of weeks, they have given up several evenings to come out and train as well,” said Weathersfield Township Trustee Gil Blair. “We really appreciate what they do and want to let them know we are supporting their efforts.”

Chief Randall Pugh said training exercises like this one are important for new firefighters, but it takes a lot of time and planning to pull it off with approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It takes a lot of work to really be permitted to burn. Then you have to have a schedule of your trainings and the actual days you are going to put the live burns in and when you are going to burn it down,” said Pugh.

The department is burning the building down Sunday.

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