BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.-- Fire crews responded to a structure fire in Bonita Springs Monday. But, there was no cause for alarm.
It was only a drill.
In an emergency, firefighters say it's the hands-on training that can be the difference between life and death.
That's why firefighters from Bonita Springs were at the former Nicola's Keg Liquor Store on U.S. 41 Monday to brush up their skills.
The current property owners are allowing the fire department to practice the training exercises before the building is demolished.
The 11,697 square foot structure was built in 1982.
Crews performed drills including search and rescue, confined space rescues, door removal, interior breaching of walls and forcible entry.
The were also placed under artificial smoke conditions.
Last year, the Bonita Springs Fire Department completed nearly 25,000 hours of training.
That's about 311 hours per year per firefighter.