LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Fire Department's latest recruit class got their first chance to enter a burning house as part of their regular training program on Tuesday. The class of 39 soon-to-be firefighters have already trained in the department's 'fire tower' so it's not their first exposure to an actual fire, but it was their first time attempting to put out a blaze in a real house.
The two abandoned homes in the 1100 Block of Algonquin Parkway were donated by the First Gethsemane Church. "If we had not had someone donate these houses to us" said Captain Dwayne Burgett, "their whole training experience may have been tower only so I can't say that we will get anymore houses so we have to take full advantage of the ones that we have."
Although the burn was controlled, it was still a very real and dangerous situation for the fire recruits who still have several more weeks of training before graduation. This exercise allowed the recruits to see how single family structures adversely change when placed under fire conditions and how firefighters should react to those changes.
Sergeant Salvador Melendez says the next scheduled open hiring is set for Spring, but that could change depending on the Metro budget situation.