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Volunteer firefighters learn life-saving skills

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - When emergencies happen, its important to have a quick response with qualified first responders.

That was the goal behind a day of live fire training in Waterloo.

Dozens of volunteer firefighters spent the day learning how to deal with emergencies.

"You practice like you play," says Evansdale firefighter Billy Demry. "So the more you can practice on real life fires, you're going to perform better in the real world."

Cutting off a car door isn't necessarily an everyday skill, but these firefighters know that at any moment, they could need it.

"We support Raymond, Gilbertville, sometimes La Porte City and Dewar," says Demry.

That's a large area, and they all do it for free.

"You know, I have the utmost respect for the guys that volunteer. They leave their jobs during the daytime to help the people in the community. They do it for free," says Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief Mike Moore.

"Growing up, my grandma and grandpa lived in Evansdale, so giving back to community never hurt nobody right?" says Demry.

Volunteers spent the day putting out car and building fires, and breaking down locked doors.

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