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From the sirens, to the flames, to the billowing smoke it was hard to tell Monday's fire in Easley was just a drill. From the sirens, to the flames, to the billowing smoke it was hard to tell Monday's fire in Easley was just a drill.
EASLEY, S.C. - From the sirens,  to the flames, to the billowing smoke it was hard to tell Monday's fire in Easley was just a drill.

"I think it's been about 5 or 6 years since we had an actual home," Easley Fire Chief Butch Womack said.

Monday Easley firefighters had a rare chance to train inside an actual home instead of a concrete building.

"Most of our fires are homes and not businesses so we want them to be as familiar with the home as we can," Womack said.

For many of the new firefighters it's their first time training inside an actual house. Firefighter Rebecca Winstead says it teaches fire fighters to be calm under pressure, while navigating a home filled with thick black smoke.

"This is real we can practice in a burn building all day but that's just concrete it's not the average house," Winstead said.

Easley Presbyterian church owns the property and allowed nearly 2 dozen firefighters to smoke it up and battle flames.

The firefighters learned to search every room in the home until they tracked down the area where the fire started, while  searching for victims,children and pets.

It also allowed Firefighters to try out thermal cameras. The camera detects body heat in case someone is on the ground inside the house.

Winstead says every fire department should get an opportunity like this...

"I wish we could do it every month," Winstead said.

Easley fire department usually train inside a concrete training tower. The Department trains at least 4 times a year.

 

 

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