Chattanooga Fire Department Cadets participate in Live Burn Training Event

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Chattanooga Fire Department’s newest firefighters are getting ready to graduate from their six-month-long fire academy and all of the skills they’ve been learning have been put to the test this morning.

This morning was the fire department’s annual live burn that gives the cadets a chance to fight a fully involved house fire.

Cadets worked on several different things throughout the fire such as fighting small room fires, practicing searching for victims and making rescues. 

“It kind of shows the recruits what not to do. It really gives them an experience of what a house fire looks like, especially a fully involved house fire and how difficult it can be to manage this type of fire,” says Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman

The cadets tell news 12 they are ready to get out there and serve their community.

“The brotherhood that comes with this. I have a military background so this just translates right over perfectly the comradery. We all watch each other’s back and it’s just a family here,” says Nikolas Banks, Chattanooga Fire Department Cadet.

All 27 cadets will be graduating next week.

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