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Four Shippensburg fire companies will train this weekend in a way they seldom get to do. The training takes place during a controlled burn, enabling firefighters while fighting a live house fire in their community.

Members of Shippensburg Fire Department’s three companies and South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Co. will participate in a structural burn session at a house on Walnut Bottom Road, across from JLG Industries Inc.

Firefighters will have classroom training and a walk-through of the two-story house on Saturday. The live burn takes place on Sunday. 

Instructors set up a variety of scenarios throughout the house that firefighters could find when responding to such a call.

The house, located on property owned by JLG, has already been scheduled for demolition.

The opportunity for live fire training in a structure that firefighters encounter regularly doesn’t happen very often, Vigilant Hose Co. Chief Clyde Tinner said.

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“The training we do in burn buildings, like at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center, is certainly beneficial,” he said. “But this will be more real for our firefighters — a scenario that they could face at any time,” he said.

Walnut Bottom Road will be open on Sunday, but the fire apparatus will be entering and leaving the property at various times throughout the training.

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