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Firefighters show off their skills at MERIT Center
Times photo: Tere Dunlap Firefighters are tested on how they approach steps and second-story floors. An ax is used to pound on the floor to determine its stability to bear the firefighters' weight. The gear worn weighs 60 to 80 pounds, and air tanks test last about 15 to 30 minutes. Heat inside a structure can reach 500 to 1,000 degrees.
MONROE - About a dozen fire department vehicles from Monroe, Monticello, Juda and Brodhead rolled into the Monroe Emergency Response Inter-agency Training Center Tuesday for the final night of a three-part training session.

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