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CTX fire department undergoes rare wildfire training

Posted: 5:25 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-16 02:37:15Z
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COPPERAS COVE, TX — The Copperas Cove Fire Department underwent a rare training experience on Friday.

Twelve firefighters took part in a wild land fire training in order to maintain their wild fire certifications.

Training like the one on Friday came in handy during situations like the Harmon Road fire that happened in Coryell County in July of 2018.

"Wildfires spread quickly and can last a long period of time, the wildfire that we had on Harmon Road last year was an eight-day fire," Copperas Cove Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said. "Being highly trained ahead of time is something that is very much a requirement for our individuals to stay safe and to be able to get that fire knocked out as quickly as they possibly can."

The department used live fire and worked on creating a fire break to contain it, a practice they would use any time they are battling a wildfire.

"[The Firefighters] created a fire that is a backfire type of situation to where we would burn off the fuel that is out there, the fuel being grass, leaves, trees and bushes. [Firefighter] burn that fuel off so that whenever the fire burns to us, it burns to a fire break that we have created,” Young said. “The line is designed so the fire will burn to that line and then when it gets to that line all of the fuel, the grass the brush and all that has already been burned off so there is nothing to burn and inevitably the fire will go out.”

The department took several steps to make sure the city wasn't in danger during the training.

Those precautions included choosing a site that had paved roads on every side, going through safety briefings and using a small amount of fire.