NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of firefighters from all over the state flocked to Cape Fear Community College's North campus for some hands-on training Saturday.
They trained with a controlled fire (that looked and felt like a real one) so they could practice working together to put out the flames.
Other exercises in the training included repelling out of buildings, knocking down doors and dealing with Hazmat situations.
Some of the firefighters have had years of experience; others were just getting started. Regardless, trainers said there is always more to learn.
"It doesn't matter if you've been in the fire service for six months or 30 years -- there is always something changing; there is always more to learn, and no experience is ever the same," said Ian Tedder with the Wilmington Fire Department.
Many of the firefighters said that they will take what they learned back to their department to teach others.
The training will continue through the weekend, with more classes and exercises Sunday.
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