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Live fire training at MCAS Beaufort

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Practice makes perfect, right?

When you're a firefighter, it couldn't be more true.

Two fire departments in Beaufort County are going back to the basics.

This week, the Beaufort/Port Royal and Burton Fire Departments are teaming up at the Marine Corps Air Station to practice the fundamental basics of fire training.

It's a simulated training exercise, with real fire.

Firefighters must fight the flames in this two story building from the outside.

"Everything that we're doing here today is basic Firefighter 101 stuff. What makes it seem more complex is we're actually putting all those together in one 15 or 20 minute scenario," said Jim Still, Assistant Chief of the Burton Fire District.

"We're standing on the A side of the building so as the fire truck arrives, they're supposed to respond or react as if this is what they see when they arrive on scene," added Capt. John Robinson, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department.  

A supervisor assesses their performance as they go.

"Every single time, it doesn't matter if we have a veteran with 20 years experience or a new firefighter with two months experience, there's always some learning that happens," said Robinson.

They say having the chance to use a live fire building like this one at the Marine Corps Air Station is invaluable.

"There's no way we could get this kind of training without a structure like this," he added.  

The firefighters will train together Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week and they run an average of eight exercises per day.

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