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Seneca firefighters to conduct live fire training

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 9:34 p.m. CDT

SENECA – The Seneca Fire Department will be conducting live fire training at 150 E. South Street on Saturday. The training will begin around 8 a.m. and conclude no later than 5 p.m.

The training will include multiple evolutions to help firefighters better their skills in real life situations that are not possible to recreate unless through this type of drill, according to a news release from the Seneca Fire Department. Firefighters will also practice many other critical firefighting operations in a controlled environment. The final exercise will conclude with complete burn down of the location.

Fire officials said in the release area residents will see some heavy smoke and fire at this location.

"Please do not be alarmed as it is a controlled environment. Should you, at any time, find that the smoke is bothersome to you, please do not hesitate to contact us,' Fire Chief Jerry Sears said in the release.

Residents are asked to note that east South Street, from Route 170 East to the public boat launch, will be closed for most of the day to protect firefighters training at this location. 

The burn is authorized by the Seneca Fire Department and is permitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

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