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Intentional fire consumes house
Firefighters practice techniques on abandoned home

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Following interior fire attack training, firefighters from Ponderosa, Sherwood Forest Estates and Camp Navajo fire departments work on exterior methods of fire suppression. Firefighters participated all day Dec. 11 in a “live fire” training exercise sponsored by the Ponderosa Fire Department.

Submitted photo<br> Following interior fire attack training, firefighters from Ponderosa, Sherwood Forest Estates and Camp Navajo fire departments work on exterior methods of fire suppression. Firefighters participated all day Dec. 11 in a “live fire” training exercise sponsored by the Ponderosa Fire Department.

PARKS - Firefighters from three local departments worked together Dec. 11 fighting fire in an abandoned house as part of a "live fire" training exercise.

Ponderosa Fire Chief Mark Sachara said the uninhabitable house was donated by a local property owner who will be rebuilding next year. More than 25 firefighters from Ponderosa, Sherwood Forest Estates, and Camp Navajo fire departments participated in the training, which gave everyone an opportunity to work together in a real setting. For newer firefighters, seeing and extinguishing their first structure fire was an invaluable experience and a tremendous boost in confidence.

According to Sachara, these three agencies rely on each other for mutual aid, especially during structure fire emergencies, and it was great to see so many firefighters come together for training.

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