Firefighters in Susquehanna Township sharpened their skills training in a vacant restaurant on Wednesday night.
The former Joe K’s Brewhouse is going to be turned into a car wash in the coming weeks, so the opportunity to get hands-on training in — or on — an actual building was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up.
“Even though they’re not doing live fire tonight, they’re getting to actually cut a commercial building roof as opposed to at a training center where it’s just plywood and stuff like that. Here they actually get to go see the materials and use the actual building that they could be running,” said Progress Fire Co. Capt. Benny Wolford.
Since the vacant restaurant is set to be torn down, the new landowners gave firefighters an opportunity to train for the real thing using chainsaws to cut holes for vertical ventilation.