The Owensboro Fire Department held realistic training simulations for its firefighters over the weekend in the area of Clay Street.
While residents in the area may have seen some real smoke from the realistic training session, the fire department says it was all done safely and with the consideration of nearby neighbors.
OFD's Batallion Chief of Training Colter Tate says the realistic training sessions are important because they give the department's firefighters a sense of what kind of emergencies they may be responding to in the future.
"The firefighters that are going through the training have no idea what the layout is," explained Chief Tate. "It adds to the realism of them going into a structure at 2:00 a.m. with zero visibility and searching for those victims, doing the forcible entry, doing the ladder work. It allows them to actually practice on what we're going to have to respond to."
The training sessions ran from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.