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Fire Departments Train on Real House Fire

By Lauren Mickler

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene and Springfield fire departments do a lot of training at their headquarters. But Tuesday, rookies got to work in a more realistic setting.

Twelve recruits from both departments trained on a house that was purposely set on fire.

The new guys worked in groups on a number of different skills.

While they’ve had other practice, Training Chief Jeff Kronsner says working on a real house fire is a great experience.

“This lets us do live fire training on a house like they would do at the fires they actually respond to,” Kronser said.

The house was donated by the homeowner, who plans to rebuild anyway.

The fire departments say it’s a win-win because firefighters benefit from the training and the home owner gets free demolition.

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