Training Unites Pike County Firefighters


By Sarah Cantey

More than 60 firefighters spent the past week battling a trailer fire. Don't worry it was just a drill. 

Troy Fire and nine other volunteer departments in Pike County trained in the Alabama Fire College live burn simulator. It has three burners and a smoke machine creating a close to real-life scenario. Temperatures can go above 600 degrees. The departments see it as an important tool to unite the departments. 
Lt. Michael Stephens, with Troy Fire Department said, "It kind of gives us a chance to put faces with names, because at any time with mutual aid we are out there responding with them and also them with us. So, it's a good time for us to learn each other."
They have mutual aid agreements so they help out each other whenever needed. Only cost for the week long training was the propane, Troy Fire and the Pike County Firefighters Association split that expense. 

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