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Bell County firefighters practice how to survive dangerous situations

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Firefighters in Bell County learned how to handle potentially deadly situations on Tuesday.

The state fire commission conducted live burn training in Middlesboro. Firefighters learned how to survive a flashover.

A fire burned inside the state fire commission trailer in Middlesboro on Tuesday morning. Firefighters went into the building.

"Dangerous to us and could lead to death if we don't get out and don't recognize the signs of a flashover before it happens," said Chris Long, a Middlesboro firefighter.

Instructors simulated a flashover inside the trailer, which they say is when a room suddenly develops into flames from floor to ceiling. Firefighters say flashover can happen in two to five seconds, giving them little time to survive. During training, they learned the signs of it approaching.

"If we can recognize it inside of a structure and give us a few more seconds to either get out of find a safe area or decrease the heat inside of the house," said Chris England, a Middlesboro firefighter.

"That way you can get out and get away from it and go home to your family at the end of the shift," said Long.

Around 30 firefighters from Middlesboro and Pineville City Fire Departments and the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department participated.

Firefighters say by doing the training together, it could help them in a real fire.

"It goes a long way to help cooperation with all of the departments. It does a lot for the community as a whole. The better we're trained, the better we're going to be for our citizens," said England.

They say this training could save their life or someone else's life one day.


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