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Firefighters train together in real-life situations

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Eastern Iowa firefighters are sharpening their skills -- and what they learned Saturday could, one day, save your life.

More than sixty firefighters attended this year's Quad County Fire School in Waterloo. Most of the men and women are from volunteer departments in surrounding communities -- including Parkersburg, Tripoli, and Fairbank.

The programs include rescuing people from wrecked cars and combating a live house fire. But one of the most important aspects is for crews from different towns to work together.

"Whenever we need help, it's there. That's a big thing in the fire service, is brotherhood. And when you train with different departments, you build up that brotherhood. And it's a more cohesive unit," said Rob Gipper, a board member of the Quad County Fire School and a firefighter from Fairbank.

Firefighters also trained in the "flash over simulator." A flashover happens when a small fire suddenly ignites into a fully engulfed blaze. It's the leading cause of firefighter death.

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