All last week the Seattle Fire Department held training exercises for new recruits in a vacant Ballard home located at 2019 NW 64th Street.
After April 28, saws blasted, fires flared, hoses spewed and eager recruits practiced the skills that will one day save the lives of Seattle citizens.
Deputy Chief Phillip Jose said that the live fire training is an essential opportunity for the recruits to experience real fire scenarios in a controlled setting. He explained that some of these young recruits will more than likely face a real fire within the first 18 hours of being on the job.
“It gives the recruits a chance to practice fighting fire in a simulated but pretty close to real environment,” said Phillips. “The first time they see it (fire) they will be under the direct supervision of someone with experience, but you want to make sure the first time they see it — the first time they experience it — it isn’t a time when somebody’s life is directly in the balance.”More ›