Peoria Fire Department training video goes viral

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 18:38:12-04

Training to become a firefighter is a lot of hard work.

From wearing the heavy gear to the real-life dangerous scenarios, training is not easy.

But, recently, Peoria Fire Department recruits were able to have a little bit of fun during their training with a real-life version of the game, Whack-A-Mole.

In this case, it became spray-a-firefighter.

Firefighters put themselves inside a three-story burn house at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center and hid behind one of nine windows.

At different moments, like you can imagine, they would open and shut them, and one recruit on the ground would have to try and spray them.

"This training session was about more than just wasting water..." said training officer Chris Blundon. "The recruits were practicing movement, footwork and precision with a powerful hose."

Only the recruits who performed best in previous training operations were able to take part.

As of Friday night, the video had been viewed more than 470,000 times and shared over 7,400 times.