Firefighters Battle Multi-Apartment Blaze for Training Exercise

As many as 250 firefighters attended the Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo

By Karen Franklin
|  Saturday, Oct 13, 2012  |  Updated 4:28 PM EDT
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Firefighter Michael Salzano said the exercises also included forcible-entry training.

Firefighter Michael Salzano said the exercises also included forcible-entry training.

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Several multi-unit apartments were set on fire Saturday by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department as part of an annual training program.

As many as 250 firefighters attended the Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo. The men and women fought a controlled burn of 10 multi-unit apartments at 765 NW 12th Ave. Firefighter Michael Salzano said the exercises also included forcible entry training and a floor collapse simulator.

“The city works great with us,” Salzano said. “They want to train their firefighters. They feel great about giving back to the firefighters and making sure that we’re adequately trained and ready to do anything that we need to do.”

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A Battalion Chief with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told NBC 6 South Florida that the controlled fire got as hot as 1,400 degrees, and that the firefighters experienced temperatures as high as 120 degrees inside their suits.

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Lt. Stephen Gollan said the event draws firefighters from around the world.

“We have firefighters who are traveling from as far as Argentina to participate in this program because there is no other program like this in the State of Florida,” he said.

The program, whose proceeds will go to sick and injured firefighters, was sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association.

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