Firefighters Train With the Real Thing

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

February 19, 2006

Fire fighters risk their lives each day saving and protecting our communities and that hard work is maintained with drills to prepare them for any situation. That's why the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue took the day to brush up on their skills.

It's a scene that most people would say they hope never happens, seeing your home on fire. But it is a scene that happens somewhere every day.

That's why the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and rescue team is taking the day to run fire rescue drills. They say the more training they have, the better prepared they are.

Saturday's training is one of the best around because these fire fighters use an actual home instead of the brick structure they normally work with, making them more prepared for unplanned fires.

"These buildings are more real life," said Chief Scott Carpenter of Lake Monticello. "They're more to what we're going to deal with out on the street day to day."

That day to day action is what Farrah Brody is looking forward to. She's not a firefighter just yet she submitted an application a little over ago and said she's definitely ready.

"I can do this, I can handle it," said Brody who stands 4'11". "There are a lot of women who are smaller than me that do this for a living. I just go in their and give it the best I got."

As each team entered the burning house today, they gave their best, making sure they're ready for any scenario.

"You train as you're going to fight as you train," said Chief Carpenter.

It's a motto that all those here today say they believe in.

"We're all in there for a common goal and that's to get the fire out," said Brody.

Nahor developers donated the home and the property that the firefighters used.

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