VIDEO: For the first time, Chico Fire recruits trained in the department's new live fire training box.
"We are the first academy that has been able to do this,” said recruit Mike Healy. Healy said getting real live training will help when it comes to battling fires for real.
"On behalf of a lot of hard work, and dedication by members of this department, and putting in the work and the hours to get this ready for us so that we will actually be ready in just a few days here to experience similar situations serving the city," said Healy.
Healy shared what it is like to be inside of the live fire box.
He explained it as, "Pitch black, which is good. That is a realistic condition," explained Healy. "It is hot, it is difficult to see and maneuver around. So you have to be aware of your surroundings and have excellent communication with your team members and an understanding of what everyone's roles and responsibilities are."
Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge said training like this could save lives.