NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- Firefighters from seven Northern Westchester fire departments participated in training Saturday morning in New Castle by using a house that was offered by its owner.
The house, located at 16 Taylor Road and in the Mount Kisco fire district, was slated to be subsequently demolished.
The training, which involved setting controlled fires, was for extinguishing, searching and ventilation, according to Mount Kisco First Assistant Chief Al Bueti.
Neighboring fire departments that participated included Chappaqua, Bedford Hills, Bedford, Katonah, Armonk and Croton Falls. The training session went on for several hours. Approximately 80 to 90 firefighters responded, according to Bueti.
The house was donated by Richard Petrosa, who acquired the property last year and plans to move to it. The structure will be replaced with a new one.
Petrosa, a nine-year Chappaqua resident and owner of New York City construction company Hailey Development Group, talked about the training being valuable and decided to donate it so the firefighters could train. The exercise required permits from the state, county and New Castle, according to Petrosa.
Petrosa discussed the difference between a simulation and a real structure, bringing up the concrete and reusable nature for the former. The latter, in contrast, has sheetrock and wood framing like a home would.