New fire department recruits tested in Evansville

New fire department recruits tested in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - New Evansville fire department recruits are being put to the test.

This is Week 5 of a 10-week course to be a certified firefighter.

14NEWS obtained helmet cam video from inside a burning structure.

Officials tell us it's about 900 degrees inside the burn chamber, and they use it to get recruits ready for being inside a real fire.

"It's imperative that we get them into some sort of heat at this point," said Rick Whitehouse, an EFD instructor.  "It's hard to simulate a house fire.  This is the closest thing we can get.  The temperatures here are much lower than what a structure fire would be.  We're trying to expose them to a little temperature, smoke and zero visibility."

Four recruits are going through this round of classes for EFD.

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