Local firefighters training for the call

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The name of the profession only gives a taste of what firefighters are trained to do, but fighting fires is one of the toughest parts of the job. And to do it right, proper training is required.

Panama City firefighters are doing Fire Behavior Training to help make the best decisions when flames are burning. (WJHG/WECP)

Panama CityFire Chief Alex Baird said, "We're doing live burn training in our fire facility."

Annually, Panama City Firefighters put themselves in the face of danger by doing Fire Behavior Training to know what to do when the call comes. Part of the training involves learning how air and flames will flow through a home by using dollhouses.

"So that when we go to a fire, we can stand outside and see this and read it and understand what's going on inside the building before we go in and put the fire out," said Baird.

In this training, they're also going into a live fire and detecting certain types of smoke and what it means.

"Fast-moving smoke, slow-moving smoke, different colors, and all that tells us different things how quickly the fire is progressing, how hot it is," said Lieutenant Roy Albright.

"But it's something different and learned every single day," said Firefighter Alicia Gregg.

Another way they're training to read the fire is by using thermal imaging cameras.

"By identifying how to see these patterns exiting the building through this little handheld camera with temperatures and heat monitoring sensors, we're able to find out again where that fire is and kinda follow that path and get to the fire a little bit quicker," said Albright.

It's just one way firefighters are doing their jobs and protecting the community.

"It means the world, I have an insatiable need to help others and this is just one more tool in my toolbox I could just build off of, this a foundation for me," said Gregg.

Next month is Fire Prevention Month and at Panama City's central fire station firefighters will give tours of the station and fire prevention tips.

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