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Recruits practice firefighting in donated Hillsboro home


WE WILL HAVE A LOOK AT THE COMPLETE FORECAST IN JUST A BIT. KEN: THANK YOU. TODAY, HILLSBORO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING SEVERAL FIRES, ALL OF WHICH THEY SET THEMSELVES. JENNY: IT’S PART OF TRAINING EXERCISE FOR NEW RECRUITS. TREVOR AULT JOINS US LIVE FROM THE SCENE. TREVOR, WHAT’S HAPPENING? TREVOR: KEN AND JENNY, WE SEE AN ACTIVE FIRE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS IS BY DESIGN. VARIOUS FIRES INSIDE THIS HOUSE . FIREFIGHTERS NOW ARE FIGHTING IT DEFENSIVELY AND THEY ARE JUST LETTING THE HOUSE BURN ITSELF OUT. THE PROPERTY OWNERS BOUGHT THIS HOME IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO IT WILL BE BUILDING DUPLEXES ON THE PROPERTY, BUT THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE HOUSE. INSTEAD OF KNOCKING IT DOWN, THEY DECIDED TO GIVE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SOME USE OUT OF IT, AND THAT IS WHEN THEY HAVE DONE THIS MORNING. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS, WHAT THEY DO EVERY DAY. TREVOR: IT’S NOT OFTEN PEOPLE ENJOY SEEING A NEIGHBORING HOUSE SET ON FIRE BUT THAT’S THE CASE TUESDAY FOR IKE MEIGS. THEY WERE PRACTICING FOR THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS, AND IT’S A GOOD WAY FOR THE ROOKIES TO SEE WHAT LIFE’S GONNA BE LIKE. TREVOR: HE’S REFERRING TO THE NEW HILLSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT RECRUITS WHO ARE GETTING SOME LIVE FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE STREET FROM IKE’S HOUSE. THIS HOUSE WAS DONATED TO US FOR THE PURPOSE OF DESTROYING IT, BURNING IT DOWN. TREVOR: WHILE THE HOUSE IS VACANT, THE DEPARTMENT FILLED IT WITH PALLETS AND BALES OF HAY WHICH THEY THEN SET ON FIRE. WE HAVE EIGHT NEW FIRE RECRUITS, AND SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GET INSIDE AND TRY TO DO SOME REAL FIREFIGHTING. TREVOR: THE GOAL IS TO SQUEEZE AS MUCH TRAINING OUT OF THE HOUSE AS POSSIBLE. THEY HAD EIGHT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS INSIDE READY TO BURN BUT THEY’RE ALSO MONITORING THE HOUSE’S STRUCTURAL STABILITY, AND AS SOON AS IT STARTS TO WAIVER, THAT’S WHEN THE INTERNAL TRAINING STOPS. IF IT’S ANY SIGN THAT THERE’S GETTING IN THAT DIRECTION WE’LL , PULL THEM OUT, BUT WE’RE PRETTY GOOD ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE DON’T LET IT GET TOO HOT BEFORE WE’RE ABLE TO PULL THEM OUT. TREVOR: IT’S PRETTY CLEAR LOOKING AT THE HOUSE NOW THEY HAVE REACHED THAT STAGE BUT THEY DID MAKE IT THROUGH ALL EIGHT OF THE CHECKPOINT INSIDE THE HOUSE. THEY WERE PLEASED AT HOW WELL THE HOME HELD UP DURING THE TRAINING EXERCISES. NOW THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CONTAINING THE FIRE TO JUST THIS ONE PROPERTY. ALL NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN AWARE THAT THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR WEEKS NOW, SO THERE SHOULDN’T BE TOO MUCH OF A PROBLEM. SO FAR, A GREAT TRAINING EXERCISE FOR THE HILLSBORO FIRE

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