Firefighters Practice Their Skills in Vacant Buildings

Richland and Kennewick firefighters team up for a community training session.

Richland Fire Captain Randy Aust gets permission to train in vacant buildings and creates a scenario for firefighters to work on their skills.

Aust said they work with the Kennewick Fire Department on a daily basis so they invited them to the drill.

Crews trained at a warehouse off Columbia Center Boulevard.

For this scenario crews are dispatched to a commercial structure fire.

They go inside, knock down the fire and ask for ventilation.

Crews  simulated cutting a hole in the roof. One of the firefighters in the scenario becomes injured and the crew has to safely get him off the roof.

Captain Aust said they practice using a mixture of basic and complicated skills.

He says they try and do these drill every couple of months.