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Augusta Fire & Rescue Practices in Vacant Building

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UPDATE: Friday, Augusta County firefighters burned down the abandoned building they had been using for training. 



This week, the Augusta County Fire & Rescue squad is taking advantage of an old house across from Woodrow Wilson High School that's set to be torn down.

Firefighters are using the building to practice rescue and survival techniques. Even though the storms have put a damper on the training, squad leaders say this is still an opportunity that doesn't come often. 

The training exercises will help the firefighters prepare in a real-world setting for many scenarios. They'll go over how to save themselves or other firefighters on duty. The program will also cover techniques for search and rescue, entering buildings safely and forcing entry. 

While this is a good refresher for the veterans, the team is also welcoming five new members that joined last week. 

"We try to do as much training, as realistic as possible, as often as possible, but the problem we run into is we don't have real buildings to do it in a lot of times. A lot of our training is involved in our training center in our burn building, which is a metal building, so we can't do the same things that we can do in a real structure," said Augusta County Fire & Rescue Captain Chris Shaver. 

Training leaders say the rain has made the conditions less than ideal. They've had to hold off on certain exercises and wait for the rain to pass. 

The training concludes Friday, when they burn down that building.

Reported by Alana Austin

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