High-Rise Fire Training Comes to Frisco, Plano, Surrounding Suburbs

The landscape of North Texas is changing. As thousands flock to northern suburbs, like Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and Allen, commercial and residential real estate is booming.

As a result, fire departments from seven different cities are ramping up their training when it comes to fighting fires in high rise buildings.

"We're still potentially having to force doors, opening sheetrock...we still have to do those kinds of things that we would do normally in a house fire. We're just going to do it eight stories in the air," said Frisco fire captain Kevin Haines.

Instead of building “out,” developers are choosing to build “up.” More high-rise structures are on the horizon for northern suburbs.

"You're pushing anywhere between 150-200 pounds, per person, of additional weight. We train hard, we practice and we hope that it never happens, but we want to be ready if it does," said Haines.

Plano is hosting the collaborative training Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Fire departments from Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Murphy, The Colony, Lewisville and Richardson will be in attendance.

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