Ankeny Firefighters Battle Intentionally Set Fire

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URBANDALE, Iowa--Ankeny firefighters were busy fighting flames in Urbandale on Tuesday night.

The intentionally set fire was part of an annual training exercise.

Crews worked on techniques they'll use during an emergency situation, like search and rescue.

The training took place at the Tri-City Fire and Safety Training Center located in Urbandale.

The center was built in 2010 as a collaborative effort between the cities of Clive, Urbandale and Windsor Heights.

The facility burns wood pallets and hay to create flames, heat and smoke.

For some of the new Ankeny firefighter recruits it was their first time in a burning building.

“It gives them a good idea of what to expect as far as getting used to the heat and smoke. It is really important, we can`t always replicate what we see on scenes but this is as good as it gets,” says Lt. Chris Weber of the Ankeny Fire Department.

The fire training center is used by several metro fire departments as well as DMACC students, and the Iowa National Guard.