Manhattan Fire Department's new recruits battle live fire

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Manhattan Fire Department put their new recruits to the test by throwing them into the fire-- literally.

The live fire training is a part of an intense six-week training academy for new recruits coming to work for Manhattan Fire.

Battalion Chief of Training Mark Whitehair said this is many recruits first encounter with a live fire.

“This is as close to a real fire as we can get in a controlled setting so we don’t want to get anybody hurt but at least introduce them to what they may possibly see when they get out in the field and start to get them use to real world conditions," explained Whitehair.

The 220-hour program covers more than just fighting fires. Recruits receive medical training, ladder instruction, search and rescue, and car extraction training.

The department’s goal is to give the recruits the best training before they go out into the real world.

The new recruits will graduate from the Academy Friday.