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The training conducted during the exercise included a "settee fire," allowing students to observe the growth of a fire, managing a hose line and demonstrating correct nozzle patterns needed to extinguish a fire.

Seven new volunteer firefighters participated in a live fire evolution exercise this month as part of their initial training held at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center.

The training burns consisted of a “settee fire” where students are brought into the burn building to watch the growth of the fire. They were then introduced to a one-room fire set, where they practiced managing a hose line and demonstrated correct nozzle patterns needed to properly and safely extinguish a fire.

“These students have attended training every Thursday night over the course of the last eight months to learn both classroom and hands-on skills to become Registered Volunteer Suppression Firefighters in the state of Georgia,” Volunteer Coordinator Lt. Chris Martin said in a news release.

To learn more about volunteer firefighting, go to the fire department’s home page at www.cherokeecountyfire.org and click on Volunteer Firefighting.

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