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Because their work is so dangerous firefighters go through hundreds of hours of training. One of the places some of them get that training is the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College. The center not only has equipment firefighters use in the field but it also has simulators that replicate real life situations. The college hopes to honor our fallen heroes by making sure lessons are learned from this tragedy.

Smoke quickly fills this training room and in a matter of seconds you get an idea of what firefighters are faced with on the job, "The biggest problem with the environments we go into is the unknown. No house is laid out the same, the furniture is always in different places. We are walking into environments where we have little to no visibility and we are often on our hands and knees crawling." Ryan Grant has been a firefighter since 1997. He's also the Fire Service Program Coordinator here at Owens. He was devastated when he heard about the loss of two brothers, "My thoughts and prayers went out to the families and the Toledo Fire Department right away. We had a line of duty death in the Village of Whitehouse in 2008, so unfortunately I know what they are going through and thinking."

Firefighters train for hundreds of hours before they can be hired and that training never ends, "Firefighters go through a minimum of 240 hours of training. They see simulated fires and they also get live fire training in a semi controlled environment."Grant hopes some good came out of this tragedy, "Fire chiefs and training bureaus will look at the reports from this incident and develop training around it."

The Fire Service Program has been in place at Owens for more than thirty years. They train both new recruits and firefighters already on the job. Some of the instructors at Owens are Toledo firefighters and the college is offering any support it can provide to them.

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