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Ridgefield firefighters train to take the heat as donated house burns

Exercise allows new hires, veterans to hone, refresh their skills

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: December 20, 2023, 6:04pm
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Firefighters carry a hose into a burning house Wednesday during a Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue training exercise in Ridgefield. For seven new firefighter/paramedics, the training marked their last exercise before graduating from the fire academy and joining the agency&rsquo;s ranks.
Firefighters carry a hose into a burning house Wednesday during a Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue training exercise in Ridgefield. For seven new firefighter/paramedics, the training marked their last exercise before graduating from the fire academy and joining the agency’s ranks. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

RIDGEFIELD — As smoke billowed from an upstairs window of a house in Ridgefield, dozens of firefighters were already there. This fire was intentionally set.

The owner of the 105-year-old house on North Royle Road donated it to Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue for training, and Wednesday’s burn marked the final test for the agency’s seven new firefighter/paramedics.

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