Local fire crews get more live fire training

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For the second time in less than a week, local fire crews were able to get some live fire training when a condemned house was donated for that purpose. Firefighters from Monroe Fire Department and Walton County gathered at the home at the intersection of Mayfield and Carwood Drive early Friday morning for a series of exercised to hone their skills.

Breakfast and lunch was provided for the firefighters by Chick-fil-A and the Chick-fil-A cow even made an appearance to support the crews.

From left: Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass, the Chick-Fil-A cow, Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson and Monroe Assistant Fire Chief Bill Owens at live fire training in Monroe on April 28, 2017. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Crews from Monroe Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue took part in Live Fire Training in Monroe on April 28, 2017. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

A group of guests invited to get in on the action included Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson who was able to go into the burning home with several others prior to the real training getting under way.

Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson getting help in kitting up to enter the burn house at live fire training in Monroe On April 28, 2017. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson getting help in kitting up to enter the burn house at live fire training in Monroe On April 28, 2017. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Firefighters then began the training in ernest with teams of five rotating in and out of the home to get the benefit of the training opportunity. Interns with Walton County Fire Rescue also were able to train on site. Last week, crews had joined with the City of Social Circle for a similar training exercise.

Photo gallery from live fire training in Monroe on April 28, 2017

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