GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Fire recruits are nearing the end of their training...but first they have to practice putting out a live fire.
The Live Burn training gives fire recruits a chance to see what a live fire looks like inside of a building and practice putting it out.
Fire crews burn things like hay to start the fire.
Each year, they are able to use different homes like the one they practiced in, but starting next year they will have their own training facility.
Officials say this training is important because they have to use a lot of the skills they've learned so far.
"It's really important because when they go online, their expected day one to be able to perform any duty that's asked of them. And this gives them a little experience in a controlled environment that they can store away for that first day on the job when they catch a fire, they've got something that they can pull back on,” says Academy Instructor Sean Hazelhurst.
Recruits are done with their training in about four weeks...they graduate Dec. 5.