El Dorado Abandoned Homes Being Burned as Part of Firefighter Training

EL DORADO, Ark. - The city council has found a solution for some local eyesores.

They're calling in the El Dorado Fire Department (EDFD) to destroy abandoned homes in hopes of snuffing out some illegal activity.

City officials have put $300,000 towards the cause.

"The city has been trying to get rid of some unsightly structures in town," explains EDFD Fire Chief Chad Mosby.

Firefighters and the city of El Dorado are planning on reducing many more to ashes.

But they aren't letting the good flames go to waste. It doubles as a training exercise for some of their rookie firefighters.

"It gives us an idea of the different growth stages of the fire," says EDFD Captain Nena McGaugh.

She's been suiting up for years and has a few training courses under her belt. She learns something new each time, but being able to help others is what she values most.

"It helps when you have young people that haven't been in there a whole lot to explain to them, hey this is what goes on before we arrive on scene and then once you get to the growth stage of it, we extinguish it, and they can see how all those factors go in together," she continues.

But sharpening their skills is what's most important because no two fires are the same.

"Take homes that have different types of material in them, different fire loads, that fire can react drastically different from one house to another, and so this gives them the opportunity in real-world situations to see the fire grow and move throughout the structure," says Mosby.

So as they bring a house down eventually to mere pieces of soot, it is a win-win situation for the city and for firefighters perfecting their craft.

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