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Some Sioux City Firefighters get hands on training

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Sioux City, IOWA (KTIV) - Some new firefighters are getting some hands on training Wednesday.

Sioux City firefighters learned fire suppression techniques from trainers. The trainers started small fires in an abandoned house in the 1800 block of Center Street.

New firefighters say this training is very beneficial and for some, this is the first time they are fighting a live fire.

"What we learned here in the burn house today is an absolutely invaluable experience. They showed us some things in there that we can talk about in the classroom but there is no way to reproduce those without actually being in there. We were in there from the point that the fire was set and we watched it grow inside the house, watch it begin to roll over on ourselves and then we knock it back down," said Josh McClure, Sioux City Firefighter.

Fire officials say the house will be used for more training throughout the month.

"Eventually our crews in the next several weeks will conduct some different types of training with our probationary firefighters, maybe cutting some holes in the roof, some holes in the wall, using different tactics on an actual house versus classroom portions of it," said Joe Rodriguez, Public Information Officer.

Rodriguez also wants to remind viewers that it's important to check and replace smoke detector batteries.

He says fires can spread within minutes and having a plan could save your life.

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