The City of Valdosta Fire Department is conducting live fire training Nov. 21-23 to help better prepare new firefighters in basic firefighting principles and search and rescue techniques.

Training of this type gives new firefighters hands on experience that cannot be simulated, Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice said.

"The basic firefighting principles they learn during these types of exercises helps them to be more efficient and better prepared to protect citizens' lives and property," said Rice.

The training will take place from 9:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. at 1703, 1705 and 1707 W. Savannah Ave.

The training exercise is designed to cause the least disruption possible, however, the department urges citizens who reside in the immediate area to take minor precautions during training times such as parking vehicles out of the immediate area and upwind to avoid smoke, not hanging out laundry, and removing any outside items that may be soiled by smoke particles during the burn.

Additionally, the department recommends that you do not use municipal water to do any laundry while hydrants are in use to avoid any possible discoloration of lightly colored items. It is also advisable after the training exercise, that you allow the water to run from each faucet to make sure that there is no cloudiness or discoloration in the water.

The department asks that citizens avoid the burn area and respect the training ground perimeters. For information, call (229) 333-1836.

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