Palm Springs firefighters are set to participate in a series of daytime drills involving real flames next week at a home in downtown, and officials Thursday warned some smoke will be visible.
The live fire training exercises are scheduled for Oct. 6, 7 and 9 at 495 N. Calle Santa Rosa, where “minimal smoke conditions will be maintained,” according to the Palm Springs Fire Department.
The home itself will not be burned during the drills, which are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with an hour break between noon and 1 p.m.
“The Palm Springs Fire Department is grateful to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians for donating the structure to the fire department for training purposes,” Fire Chief Kevin Nalder said. “This donation provides the Palm Springs Fire Department a training opportunity that ensures the citizens of Palm Springs are provided the best possible fire protection.”
Crews will engage in a variety of training efforts, including search-and-rescue exercises, which residents are invited to watch from a viewing area near the home.
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