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Practice fire helps new recruits get their feet wet

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Gainesville Fire Rescue is conducting a live fire training burn today at a home on the 1700 block of University Avenue. Captain Joseph Hill says this allows their new recruits to get hands-on experience.

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Small fire simulations took place this morning, and the large scale simulation will begin at 1:30. Hill says there is a long list of precautions they take when conducting a training like this, beginning with a safety walkthrough.

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He says they hold this practice about once every other year, depending on the state of any donated homes and approval needed from various regulating agencies.

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Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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