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Getting up close to fire without a scorching

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Fire science student uses a thermal imager to study a fire's behavior.  (photo by Jack Siebold, MyTown editor) Fire science student uses a thermal imager to study a fire's behavior. (photo by Jack Siebold, MyTown editor)
Students check their skills on a fire hose before going into a live fire exercise.  (photo by Jack Siebold, MyTown editor) Students check their skills on a fire hose before going into a live fire exercise. (photo by Jack Siebold, MyTown editor)

by Jack Siebold, MyTown editor

When it comes to training firefighters, the more realistic you can get that training, the better.  Problem is, keeping the crews safe, especially when they are still students.

That’s where the Rapid City Fire Department’s burn building comes in.  Tuesday, Western Dakota Technical Institute fire science students finished a two-day training class with live fire simulations in the burn building.

“This is basically the safest way to do it,” Rapid City firefighter Calen Maningas said.  “No matter what, there’s always going to be risk.  We’re training with live fire so even in this very controlled setting, there’s still a little bit of risk.”

Go to MyTown for an indepth video story on this training.

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