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4/07/08

250 Firefighters in Lubbock for Training

The situation surrounding a massive fire in North Lubbock Monday was make-believe, but the fire was real. The explosion Monday evening on North MLK was just a drill.

It's part of the 60th Annual Lubbock Fire Conference at the training facility near the airport. About 250 volunteer firefighters from across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico are taking part in the mock disasters that include gas truck fires, propane explosions and home fires.

"It's just super. Every chance we get to go through some training with our rookies is great," says Danny Ivy who is a training officer and also a firefighter with the Hale County Fire Department.

"We put this on for volunteers all across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico so they can come out and get some good training in a safer situation then out there in the actual fire itself," Lubbock Fire Department Lt. Mark Ethridge said.

The firefighters also spend some time in the classroom learning other techniques. The training is expected to continue for a few more days, so if you see smoke in North Lubbock don't be alarmed.

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