Grant Fire Department practices with realistic fire trailer

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GRANT, Ala. (WHNT)- The Grant Fire Department spent the last week training with a specially built trailer provided by the Alabama Fire College. Assistant Chief Patrick Wilder says it's a great opportunity for them to train, particularly for their younger and newer members.

"We don't have a burn building, we don't have any training facilities we can set fires in to train," says Wilder.

The Grant Fire Department is made up completely of volunteers, so this training gave them the ability to deal with fires that may have taken them a while to see otherwise.

"Don't get to see live fire unless it's in a house, and it's the real situation. So this kind of puts them in a similar type real situation, that's not quite as strenuous and stressed as a normal house fire would be," adds Wilder.

The trailer is set up to prepare for many different situations, including fires that climb up to the ceiling, and come from different parts of the trailer. "It can get pretty hot in there too, and it helps them get used to the heat, and in their turn out gear, and starting to feel some of the heat," says Wilder.

Dozens of people came out to training, and members from five different volunteer departments practiced in the hands-on environment. The burn trailer travels across the state for training purposes. Fire fighters from Grant, Swearengin, Waterfront, Hebron, and Alder Springs participated.

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