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Madison firefighter recruits live fire training on Thursday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Situations like the fatal fire in Racine early Thursday morning are exactly what firefighters here in Madison were training on.

About 20 City of Madison firefighter recruits got to take part in a live fire training Thursday on Junction Road.

The training allowed firefighter recruits to learn the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed to block smoke, and how to read structural fire behavior.

"To have an actual building to show us what fire actually does in a building versus a training prop, it's almost impossible to replicate without actually doing it," Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis said.

Chief Davis says the department has about three more houses to use during their live fire training curriculum. He says it provides real life experience and a chance for instructors to actively teach recruits.

"We do a lot of destructive training on buildings when they donate them to the city, but it's very rare we get an opportunity to burn them," Chief Davis said.

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