Firefighters practice on vacant house in Sharon

Firefighters train in a controlled setting with a vacant house in Sharon, PA.

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – On Sunday, firefighters in the Shenango Valley received hands-on training by putting out a fire in a vacant home.

The house was located on the 200 block of Sherman Avenue in Sharon, PA.

Sharon’s fire chief, Robert Fiscus, says crews gain experience by fighting fires in a controlled setting. They get to practice and learn different firefighting techniques.

“We are fortunate we have a vacant house here that we are able to light on fire, have multiple live fire evolutions where a crew goes in, puts out the fire, backs out,” Fiscus said. “The fire is re-lit, and the next crew goes inside.”

Sunday’s training was sponsored by Mercer County Fire Institute and co-sponsored by the West Middlesex and Sharon fire departments.

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