Training exercises are vital to surviving real-life fire situations Photo by Karlee Meyer/City of HemetHemet Firefighters work to extinguish flames from the controlled burn on Saturday. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The Hemet Fire Department (HFD) conducted a “live fire” training for new firefighters on Aug. 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many passersby stopped for a quick look to see what was going on at the northwest corner of Kirby Street and Fruitvale Avenue. A statement was released on social media sites Friday evening, warning citizens of the training: “Live fire training is essential to the health and safety of your fire department and your community. You never

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