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Madison firefighters get to train in donated houses

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department got the chance to get some live training Thursday in buildings that were donated to the department.

Five buildings were donated by the Gallina Corporation. Officials say these house are valuable training tools for the department, and give fire crews a more realistic opportunity to practice firefighting skills.

"The more repetitions we get, obviously the better at what we do we are," Capt. Paul Ripp, with the Madison Fire Department, said. "Being able to do it with clear conditions is one thing, and if we can get good at doing it. That way then when we do have real heat and real smoke then we have a higher likelihood of success."

Firefighters got the chance to practice things like advancing hose lines, search and rescue, breaching walls and cutting holes in the roofs.

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