PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Phoenix Fire Department firefighters got a chance to train in a building set to be demolished.
The building used to be the Kachina Country Day School. The crews coming to the building have no clue on the layout, so fire trainers filled it with thick black smoke inside and let crews respond.
"My job was to get the ladder, make sure I grabbed enough tools to make sure I made this cut successfully," said Firefighter Marcelo Martinez.
Martinez just graduated the academy and said working in an unfamiliar training site is really helpful.
"I was able to fall back on my training, so I didn't have to think too much except for the initial size of the building," said Martinez.
Rich Brock is the developer of the building; he decided to allow firefighters to use it before it gets demolished next week.
"I think it's great for the recruits, I mean they're learning real life situations as you can see, they are tearing the roof off, cutting through walls, and pulling victims out of the building," said Rich Brock.
The Captain of the training says this kind of realistic training allows them to use all their senses.
"The more we practice, the more proficient we are at it, so anytime we get the opportunity to have one of these buildings available we take full advantage of it," said Capt. Kirk Hover.
Once the building is demolished four mid-century modern homes will be built. Each home will cost almost $3 million.