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First responders from across US and Canada train at Pensacola Beach

US /CANADA  --  More than 300 firefighters from across the country and Canada are here in Pensacola.
For the next three days they will be attending the 2013 Hi-Rise Fire Operations Conference at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach.
From 2007 to 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 15,000 hi - rise fires that is why fire fighters are here on Pensacola Beach learning new tactics.

The conference was set up by Escambia County Battalion Chief Curt Isakson and LT. Raymond McCormick from FD-NY.

Video of hi-rise fires from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and even a countries overseas. These type of fires are nothing new but they are usually more challenging than a single house fire.

Both men say fighting flames in a hi-rise can lead to  unpredictable circumstances and training like this is invaluable. Having fought several hi-rise fires themselves both fire officers say sprinkler systems are supposed to help rescue crews but often time malfunction leaving firefighters to come up with alternative ways to back flames down.

Battalion Chief Curt Isakson- Escambia County Fire Rescue
"I look at a hi-rise as a vertical neighborhood. Thousands of people can be in one hi-rise. We have to be ready for when those fires happen."

Kalie Desimone-
Today the firefighters will spend one more day in a classroom setting, then tomorrow they will head outside and take what they learned and put it into motion.