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Firefighters battle massive blaze for training

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Some firefighters in Brunswick County are learning how to better protect their homes and families. Some firefighters in Brunswick County are learning how to better protect their homes and families.
The Oak Island fire department held a training exercise on Wednesday using a fully involved house fire on Ocean Drive. The Oak Island fire department held a training exercise on Wednesday using a fully involved house fire on Ocean Drive.

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – Some firefighters in Brunswick County are learning how to better protect their homes and families.

The Oak Island fire department held a training exercise on Wednesday using a fully involved house fire on Ocean Drive.

The house they chose to burn was leased by the property owner.

Captains from the Oak Island fire department spent the day monitoring the fire fighters in action.

Fire Chief Chris Anselmo says this is a great opportunity for the firefighters to take on a real fire and get some hands on experience while focusing on three things: command system, the first line of attack, and accountability. 

According to Anselmo, a lot of fire departments lack the accountability needed to fight fires when they first arrive on scene.

Anselmo says when it comes to fighting fires, the first 90 seconds are the most important.

"When you get to the scene, the fire is growing every minute," said Anselmo.  "So what you do in the first two minutes can set the tone and dictate whether you're there for one hour or four hours."

Captain Bobby Carmon has been fighting fires for years.  He says training like this is the only way to prepare for a real life fire.

"Class is one thing, we learn a lot like basic concepts and ideas," said Carmon.  "But there's no way for a class to do something like this.  This is real!"

The Oak Island Fire Dept. will have two more fire training exercises this year.  The next event will take place at the end of May.

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