OGDEN -- It takes a special breed to run into a burning building while other people are running out, but it also takes a lot of practice.
Firefighters from all over Weber County will spend the next several months participating in summer fire drills held at Ogden's fire training facility and tower on west 12th Street.
The fire teams rotate their training, completing several different episodes from April into September.
The training may be simulated, but fire officials say, with real smoke and real flames, it's as close to the real thing as they can get.
On Friday, the fire teams' training included putting out a real blaze that started in the engine of an old, dingy brown pickup truck and threatened a large structure.
Training also included the rescue of a dummy they call "SimMan," a realistic, full-body adult, wireless patient simulator.
The dummy is complete with computer programming that simulates different breathing and cardiac rhythms.
The teams were timed and graded on their performance and critiqued by team leaders when their training sessions were complete.
Ogden City Fire Deputy Chief Eric Bauman said the training sessions are intentionally made to be physically and mentally taxing.
"Obviously, our goal is to make it as realistic as possible, where the training is right in line with what we could encounter on any given day," he said. "We want things to be second nature when we go out into the real world."
Ogden Fire Captain Rich King has been fighting fires for 30 years and said his job seems to get more sophisticated with each passing year.
"Back when I started, they threw me a pair of boots and a long jacket and said, 'Here, now you can be a firefighter.' But things have progressed so much," he said.
"This training is essential to learn some of the more technical things. We take this serious, and we train like we work."
Ogden Fire Captain Eddie Graham is a 16-year veteran and said Friday's training was among the most productive he's been a part of.
"I think we really just got better today," he said. "This is so important for us because most of the calls we go out on are medical calls. This gives us the opportunity to stay sharp and improve."
Firefighters train year-round, but the summertime provides the best training atmosphere.
"Training is a yearlong endeavor, but it always amps up during the summer months," said Ogden City Battalion Chief Ryan Perkins.
"These exercises allow us to utilize the independent skills we've been developing during the winter months and incorporate them into a countywide effort."
Bauman said there are more than 300 firefighters in Weber County and the different agencies across the county all share mutual aid agreements, so training together is a necessity.
"That's one of the biggest benefits of this training. The more we train together, the more we'll be on the same page."