New Firefighters Train For The Real Deal

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

For most of us when we see smoke or flames we run out of the building, but for some men and women they do the opposite, they run in. They are local career and volunteer firefighters. In order to do their job well, they need experience with fire and that’s just what they did on Saturday.

The training was held at an abandoned farmhouse on Saturday at 144th and Prairie Corner Road.

"It gives us an opportunity to train our newer and younger people in how to attack a fire and how to extinguish it, something that's really hard to do in a simulated environment,” said Papillion Fire Chief Bill Bowes.

Most of the firefighters participating have never been in a burning building before. Channel 6 put a GoPro camera on the firefighters so we you can see what training is really like. When the firefighters walked in the building there's thick smoke and flames.

"It gets hot really fast, it gets dark, it's different than you think, the smoke layers, if you standup and get in smoke you realize you can't see and it gets a lot hotter up there. You learn quickly to stay low and just try to keep calm and not get too excite,” said La Vista volunteer firefighter Marty Price.

The firefighters then learn how to extinguish the fire using the hose to practice spraying water and foam. After one group is done, the next goes in.

It’s an invaluable experience for them, something Springfield volunteer firefighter James Engberg has been looking forward to. “It’s pretty cool I feel like I'm more of an actually firefighter now that I was able to get in and do some of the training."

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