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Firefighters go through the paces

[/media-credit] Firefighters direct their hose towards trees in danger of bursting into flame in order to contain the fire to the immediate area.

Firefighters from the South Fork, Lincolnton, Crouse, and High Shoals fire departments, supported by Lincoln EMS personnel, participated in a controlled burn exercise on Monday. During the exercise they gained crucial experience with issues such as exposure control, water supply operation, and communication between agencies and fellow firefighters.

[/media-credit] What started as a small fire quickly develops into an inferno as firefighters work to keep it under control.

Image courtesy of Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News

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