Live burn training in Biloxi

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Biloxi firefighters and Keesler Air Force Fire Rescue watched as a house went up in flames today.

Three houses on Forrest Avenue were donated by the city for the two departments to conduct live burns on. Keesler Fire Rescue and Biloxi Fire Department used the houses as realistic training scenarios to enhance their life-saving skills.

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This is the second time this year a house has been donated to the Biloxi Fire Department for a live burn. Deputy Chief of Operations Andrew Mason tells News 25 the chance to practice with real fire is vital to a fireman’s training. “We are doing a little mutual aid training with Keesler Fire Department. They are our backup right here outside the gate, both on the east end and the west end of the base. We like to get together and know those people and know how they work and how their strategies and tactics line up with ours. You know, there’s no replacement for actual real live fire.”

They plan to conduct another burn in the same area Wednesday so do not be alarmed if you see smoke.