ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- If you were driving near Rio Road East on Saturday, you probably saw clouds of smoke or smelled a fire. It turns out, there was no reason to worry.
It was a training session for the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire crews worked on fire evolution and fire attack training. Battalion Chief Robert Knight said his crews don't get a lot of houses they can train on, but a developer contacted them and donated an empty home for them to set on fire and use for training.
"They often tend to come to us which is great, because it works out for both of us," said Knight. "It saves them money in terms of demolition of the structure, because we're doing that right now, and it gives us a chance to do training on real life structures more than just like a concrete building like we usually do."
Crews also focused on a new technique called "The Slicers," which means when you have a fire that is already vented, they try to hit it from the outside of the house before going to fight it from the inside. Crews use the smoke from the fire to learn things about the fire and how to fight it.