Nassau Fire Service Academy back in action following pandemic pause
Nassau's bravest were in back in action Wednesday night as the county's Fire Service Academy began live burn training after it was shut down by the pandemic.
The academy is beginning to train Nassau's 10,000 volunteer firefighters once again.
One scenario put into play was meant to portray a fire in a row of storefronts.
Academy Chief Paul Wilders say they typically train four departments, four nights a week, in which some departments would send up to 50 firefighters -- but no longer.
"We've limited the number of students being able to participate," says Wilder. "We're keeping that number to 25, we're following CDC guidelines."
Wilders says it's going to take a long time to get caught up, because every firefighter is supposed to get this training annually.
Wilders says they will continue training four nights a week, but it's unclear when they'll be able to get back to full capacity.