Gulfport Firefighters Burn Old 49 Home For Training

There's no substitute for experience, especially if your job is potentially a deadly one.

Members of the Gulfport Fire Department conducted live fire training Thursday at an abandoned residence on Old Highway 49 in Gulfport. Several interior fires were set and firefighters were charged with the task of negotiating obstacles, finding the fire then putting it out - all while keeping each other safe.

District Chief Jamie Jenkins said with nine new recruits working in the department now, this real world exercise is more important than ever.

"It gives them the opportunity to run a fire in a controlled environment. And as supervisors here, it also gives us an opportunity to take a look at the recruits we've added on. Make sure we didn't miss something in their training, make sure that their skills are up to par and that we feel comfortable with their job performance," Jenkins said.

Some members of the Gulfport Seabee Base Fire Department also participated in the training exercise.