Necessary, Dangerous, or Both: Live Fire Training in Acquired Structures

By Frank Ricci and Jim DuffySee photos of the sprinkler system in action!Watch now: Video of the sprinkler systemRecently, there has been much discussion and debate about whether we should be doing live-fire training in acquired structures. I have been involved in the fire service training for many years and firmly believe that live-fire training is absolutely necessary if we are to properly prepare our firefighters to safely extinguish fires and save lives. Burn buildings and towers are very good for teaching basic firefighting skills to beginning firefighters, they but they do little to increase firefighters' skills and their situational awareness as their careers progress. These buildi...

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