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Statewide arson training

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In our rural state, fires happen quite frequently. This leaves crews with the jobs of putting them out and figuring out what the cause was.

Monday night fire officials gathered for a training exercise for firefighters and police officers.

They lit 3 buildings on fire and on Wednesday they are having students investigate how they started.

West Virginia Fire Marshal Assistant, Shawn Alderman, told me that working first hand like this is great for firefighters.

"The opportunity to see fire scenes and learn the proper way to manage a scene is a rare opportunity, it doesn't happen very often," he said. 

Pipestem's fire chief told this is a great chance for firefighters to get some extra experience for fighting fires.

"This is a very good opportunity for our younger firefighters to get some experience and get some hands on experience in putting out a fire in a burning structure," he said.

Marshals also said none of this would be possible without the help of Pipestem National Park.