HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A reminder, if you see smoke and fire near Jordan Lane and University Drive, the Huntsville Fire Department is conducting live fire training exercises in the area.
The training started Thursday, June 2 and will continue Friday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 7. The new cadet class will put out fires at three donated structures just off Independence Drive. You'll also likely see smoke in the area. You are still advised to call 911 and the fire department will determine if it is the same location or not. Each exercise should last until 4:00 in the afternoon.
Chief Tim Barnack of the Huntsville Fire Department says this exercise is very helpful to the recruits in training.
"This is as close to real as we can get it and keep it safe for the firefighters so this is the last step before they actually go out on shift and start working as firefighters," said Chief Barnack.
In preparation for the exercise, the structures were prepared and inspected. All measures have been taken to protect the surrounding properties. During the training exercises nearby civilians may see black smoke coming from the area. However, should anyone have any concerns during the exercise, they are instructed to call 911. There will be three engine companies and one ladder truck to assist with the burn.
"Trying to do this in a controlled environment in training it helps us understand those things and be better prepared when we do it for real in the world," Barnack explained.
The cadets will graduate on Friday, June 10. They have been training since early January.