Firefighters all over Genesee County are dancing with joy now that there are two new fire training trailers in the area.
Trailers that give firefighters real hands-on training.
"I just can't tell you how excited I am," said Flint firefighter Carrie Edwards, "We can feel the real heat. The real fire and it's amazing to have this here. We're excited, I'm excited."
The Flint Township Fire Department applied for a grant from FEMA last year and they found out they got it earlier this year.
The result was a $182,000 grant for the two mobile, live fire training trailers.
Before Flint Township got these training trailers, the recruits at the academy learned about fire fighting by reading books. Now they can have live fire training and the trailers can simulate just about anything the firefighters will come in contact with.
"We're going to give them pre-job training," said Flint Township Assistant Chief Michael Buckley. "Some people like it and some people don't like it and that's not the time not to like it when you're at the somebody's house on fire. "
The more firefighters can practice, the better prepared they are for unpredictable situations.
This is the opportunity for them to get first-hand experience. Experience that can be the difference between life and death.
"You'll know before what the conditions are, how it feels, what to expect," said Edwards, "Actually do it before you're actually there having to respond to an emergency. "
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