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Clearwater firefighters train at vacant retirement community

Photos by JIM DAMASKE | Times

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Clearwater Fire Department driver-operator Wendy Arnold, above, uses a saw to cut a louvered hole in the roof while fellow driver-operator Joe Kraus braces her. At right, fire Lt. Jevon Graham and Doug Kellin, a firefighter-EMT, show other firefighters how to use a pry bar and an ax to pop open a door. The training exercises were held Wednesday at Bayview Gardens, a vacant 32-acre property that once housed a retirement community. More than 180 firefighters, and SWAT team members, have had training at the site since November. Previously, firefighters had conducted several simulated high-rise fires. See more photos, Page 10.

Clearwater Fire Department driver-operator Wendy Arnold, above, uses a saw to cut a louvered hole in the roof while fellow driver-operator Joe Kraus braces her. At right, fire Lt. Jevon Graham and Doug Kellin, a firefighter-EMT, show other firefighters how to use a pry bar and an axe to pop open a door. The training exercises were held Wednesday at Bayview Gardens, a vacant 32-acre property that once housed a retirement community. More than 180 firefighters, and SWAT team members, have had training at the site since November. Previously, firefighters had conducted several simulated high-rise fires.

Clearwater firefighters train at vacant retirement community 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:44pm]

    

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