Pitt Co. firefighters take part in live burn training exercise

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – On Saturday, more than a dozen fire departments came together to receive a live exercise training.

William Morgan says it was a sad day to see his old church go up in flames.

“I remember as a child going here, going to church here and Easter egg hunts and the community buildings where we would have things on Saturday nights or during the week,” said Morgan, adding that the Red Oak Christian Church was a historic landmark in the community. It was built back in 1885 which is over 131 years ago. He said, over time, the beautiful sanctuary turned into an eyesore. Although he hates to see the building go, he’s happy to see it benefiting others.

More than 10 fire departments in Pitt County put the old church to use on Saturday and used it for training.

“It allows us to see how fires start and how fires grow. It also shows what we are doing and it gives us a chance to step back and not feel so pressured,” explained Matthew Toler.

Fire departments say it’s a rare occurrence to have the opportunity to use real structures in the community for training. The last scenario was last March in Pitt County.

“It’s a win situation for them and it’s a win situation for us,” said Toler. “We get to use the property and have a couple of months before hand training on it and going in and breaking walls and forcing doors and come out and do what we do it today.”

The exercises not only help the firefighters. It will help you when you’re in an emergency.

“This allows us to know when we do this, this happens and when we do this, this is the outcome,” said Toler.

Firefighters said it ultimately teaches them how to make sure they’re doing everything right to keep you and your home safe.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A heads up for people traveling near the intersection of Dickson Avenue and Greenville Boulevard in Greenville. You may notice smoke in the area as several fire departments are participating a live burn training exercise.

The training starts at 9a.m.

People living in the area picture below can expect to see a large presence of firefighters and heavy smoke.

pitt live fire training

Greenville Fire and Rescue says preparations have been made to ensure everyone’s safety during the exercise.

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