While most people were home Tuesday evening trying to stay dry during an evening downpour of rain, more than two dozen local firefighters were out in the rain and wind conducting a live burn training exercise near Aberdeen.
Beginning just after 7:00 pm firefighters from 4 different stations practiced putting out fires under realistic conditions while under the safe supervision of veteran fire officers.
To conduct this type of training, fires were set inside of the old mobile home with an add on structure that stretched across the length of the building located at 1002 Pinebluff Lake Road.
After allowing the fire to become active inside of the structure, fire crews were sent into the smoke filled home with hoses to practice extinguishing the blaze just as they would in real life.
Volunteer and paid firefighters conduct regular training such as this to hone their skills so that when a real fire happens everything is simply second nature.
Participating in tonight’s live burn exercise were firefighters from Station 41 Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Station 42 Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Substation, Station 71 Pinebluff Fire Department, Station 81 Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, and Moore County EMS Operations.