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Firefighters battle massive blaze for training

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Asst. Fire Chief, Steve Conway says that crews spend hours working in the classroom, but hands-on training will help save lives. Asst. Fire Chief, Steve Conway says that crews spend hours working in the classroom, but hands-on training will help save lives.

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – Temperatures on Thursday were a little lower than normal, but things got pretty heated in the Town of Oak Island.

Firefighters participated in a training exercise aimed to keep folks safe in an emergency.

What looked like the scene of a deadly house fire was actually part of a practice drill. Fire and rescue crews in Oak Island got a chance to step out of the classroom and put their firefighting skills to the test in a real life situation.

When a 911 call comes in, firefighters spring into action. One by one, they charge the house, knocking down flames from every direction.

For some of the firefighters, this was the first time they've seen a full blown house fire of this magnitude.

Asst. Fire Chief, Steve Conway says that crews spend hours working in the classroom, but hands-on training will help save lives.

"It's all simulated and it's pretend. No matter how well we pretend, it's never like the real thing," said Conway. "This is as close to the real thing as we can get. There's no replacement for this, and we certainly don't want someone's house to burn down in order to get this experience."

Conway says this isn't the last opportunity they'll get to put their skills to the test.

They already have several more opportunities lined up for live burns in the near future. They hope to have another training exercise later this year.

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