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Fire crews train for real life dangers

Lauderdale County fire crews training. Lauderdale County fire crews training.

Training for real life dangers, a volunteer firefighter's job is never done. They're constantly training with other departments to learn everything they can to help better protect their communities.

In this exercise in Lauderdale County, the flames are real and the heat is extreme.

"In rural parts of Alabama, especially parts here in Northwest Alabama, a lot of homes, businesses and other things use propane fuel as a heating source and cooking source," Said John James with the Alabama Fire College. "And the heat of the fire, whether it's directly involved, can cause impingement on it and so it's something they face every day."

With the help of instructors from the Alabama Fire College, volunteers from multiple departments across Lauderdale County were placed in attack teams as part of a simulated drill teaching crews how to approach and extinguish a propane tank on fire.  

James stressed the importance of cross training with other departments.

"In a volunteer department you never know what three or four or five individuals are going to be there and you still have to handle the fire," he explained.

"We want communities to understand their departments are out training and they're training for the real world things that happen every day so when they ask for assistance and help for the community, this is why so they can do the things that help saves lives and protect property," said James.

Officials said the propane trailer will make its rounds to departments across Lauderdale County. Crews in Killen will train later this week and in Rogersville next week.  

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