Training for the real deal

Matt Hein of the Hillsboro Fire Department (top photo) watches flames consume an abandoned house during the department?s training procedures southeast of Hillsboro Saturday. The HFD practiced vent, enter and search exercises, as well as advancing hose line, fire behavior, search

procedures and safety and communication protocols during live fire training, according to Chief Ben Steketee. ?That?s the kind of training you can?t duplicate without a structure someone generously donates,? Steketee said. The house, donated by owner Glenn Litke, was historically known as the Eitzen homestead.

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