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 BAZETTA TWP., Ohio - While the majority of calls they respond to are for house fires, a group of local firefighters learn to battle back flames in public places where the stakes are just as high, but there's more ground to cover. 

About 60 firefighters from Trumbull and Cuyahoga counties joined Bazetta Township's free fire training course for responding to big box stores and buildings.

"We train in houses all the time, that's our bread and butter, but these stores we just don't have," Brian Taylor says, Bazetta fire captain.

Menards is getting ready to build a new store and donated the former Walmart building in Bazetta Township for rescuers to practice skills in a realistic setting, training that's not common in a firefighter's career.

Locating where the fire is active is the toughest hurdles they have to overcome when they arrive to a spacious building.

"A lot of times, unless you know the fire broke through the roof, we won't know there's an actual fire in these big buildings," Taylor says.

Firefighters rotated between drill stations throughout the property. They practiced how to cut into doors to gain access to the building and the proper techniques used to tap into the sprinkler system from the building's roof.

"That's why I've got a crew on the roof, so they can be familiar with how the roof is, because it's not a residential roof," Taylor explains.


 

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