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Fire crews undergo real-life training exercises in Glasco

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Several local fire departments respond to a house fire in Glasco Sunday morning. Luckily, these flames, while real, were set purposely by the firefighters themselves. As YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt reports, it was all in an effort to conduct a series of training exercises amidst the holiday season.

GLASCO, N.Y. -- “We do a very controlled burn in a burn barrel before we let the place burn up,” said Glasco Fire District Chief Mike Sasso.

A condemned Glasco home went up in flames as part of a series of training exercises for more than 60 local firefighters practicing their responses, familiarize themselves with equipment and strengthen their relationships with neighboring departments.

“This is an invaluable training,” said Saugerties Fire Department Chief David Mason. “This is the greatest training you can have. This is exactly what we do day to day and to have a building we can actually use and to have real time training, you can’t put a price on it.”

It was a live-burn scenario for ladder and ventilation training, search and rescue practice and fire extinguishing drills. They were out of the ordinary opportunities as not too many people have offered up their homes for destruction.

“This gives you a chance to get in, find misshapen rooms, attic spaces, basements that you won’t find in a normal training situation,” said Mason.

As homes are most susceptible to fires this time a year, officials on site said it was important to continue sharpening their skills and putting their efforts to the test in the event a real-life emergency occurred in and around the Glasco Fire District.

“It’s not that often we get houses like this. We extended the offer to the entire district as well as outside our district and they all took advantage of it. It’s a great training tool to have a live house to train in,” added Sasso.

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