Firefighters Simulate Real-Life Blaze - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Firefighters Simulate Real-Life Blaze

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

Nearly 75 Billings firefighters are getting a real-life taste of smoke and flames for the week.

Where there's smoke there's always a firefighter. Even though the Monday's fire was controlled, firefighters said that walking into a burning building is always exciting. "Oh man, it's the thrill of a lifetime. If you've ever been sky diving or in any of those adrenaline-type sports that's what it is. It's hot and it's sweaty, but that's what you're in there to do. You feel like you're helping the community. It's just a great experience. I love it," firefighter, Joshua Thompson said.

Thompson has been with the department since February 2012. He said the simulation is the opportunity of a lifetime. "There's always something to learn. It seems like every drill you do it's never exactly the same. You have to work with the situation, listen to your captain, and do exactly what he says," Thompson said.

Training officer, Matt Hoppel, said firefighter rarely get the chance to learn from a controlled real-life situation. "We would much rather do a training scenario where it's a controlled situation and not have to train at a fire at someone's house. We want to be training somewhere like this," Hoppel said.

Hoppel said the hot dry weather pushes firefighters to work harder. "It just gives us that real effect of what it takes, and what kind of condition we need to be in to fight these fires," Hoppel said.

Hoppel said the realistic environment means less anxiety for firefighters during a real-life scenario.

Billings firefighters will end their simulation on the 3rd of July by demolishing the structure.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovered

    Stolen Vehicle Recovered

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:51 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:51:19 GMT

    The Billings Police Department responded to a call involving a stolen vehicle just after 5:00pm Wednesday.

    The Billings Police Department responded to a call involving a stolen vehicle just after 5:00pm Wednesday.


  • Homeowner Revisited

    Homeowner Revisited

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:43:47 GMT
    Susanne Rodell faced a difficult situation. Hail storm damage to her roof led to an insurance claim being filed. Rodell picked a local contractor to fix her roof, but mother nature did not cooperate. While the roofing company was in the middle of fixing her roof, a weekend of rain caused water damage to dry wall and ceilings within the house.
    Susanne Rodell faced a difficult situation. Hail storm damage to her roof led to an insurance claim being filed. Rodell picked a local contractor to fix her roof, but mother nature did not cooperate. While the roofing company was in the middle of fixing her roof, a weekend of rain caused water damage to dry wall and ceilings within the house.
  • City Leaders Informing Public on Safety Levy

    City Leaders Informing Public on Safety Levy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:24:31 GMT
    The November elections are still a few months away, but city leaders are, out and about, informing the public regarding the public safety levy.
    The November elections are still a few months away, but city leaders are, out and about, informing the public regarding the public safety levy.