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Dearborn heights firefighters train at building

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 17:40:41-04

Vista Maris is lending out one of its buildings to the Dearborn Heights fire department. The building is slated for demolition at the end of September but prior to that it's being used for firefighter training. 

Fire crews get to tear through walls, bust out windows and saw holes through the roof as part of a real-life type of training. 

"We can fill it with smoke and to be a large area with limited visibility, it's hard to replicate that in training," says Dave Brogan, fire chief.

"You can read about it, you can train but it's not quite the same as actually putting it into practice," adds deputy chief Vaskin Badalow.