Firefighters test their skills with donated house

A local volunteer fire department is taking advantage of a rare opportunity to get in some valuable training. Tonight, members of North Forrest and Macedonia Volunteer Fire Departments practiced rescue techniques at a home at the intersection of Monroe Road and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway.

The home was donated by a landowner which is clearing away the property.  Tomorrow, more training will take place at the site before the home is burned down.

"It is unique, it is rare," said Tommy MacDermott, public information officer for the North Forrest Volunteer Fire Department.  "Houses don't come along everyday and we're really indebted to the property owner for allowing us to do this and at the same time, help him out with his clean-up," MacDermott said.

16 members of both fire departments participated in the training.