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Video details NLV fire training exercise gone wrong

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Video obtained by FOX5 gives the viewer a look at the North Las Vegas fire training exercise gone wrong that could cost Chief Al Gillespie his job.

Gillespie is currently on administrative leave. The city said the move was in response to the training exercise gone awry. The firefighters union, however, told FOX5 in a statement that Gillespie was placed on leave after he "refused to implement what he determined were dangerous cuts in 911 response."

According to a report on the training exercise, four firefighters from four southern Nevada agencies were burned and injured in the Jan. 24 exercise.

The grant-funded, multi-agency live burning exercise, known as the "Detroit Drill" scenario, was designed to demonstrate how a victim might survive between an uncontrolled fire and its exhaust port.

The four injured firefighters and their trainer were tasked with ignition of one of four pre-loaded fuel packages and remained in the burn module to observe changes in fire and smoke conditions.

Two additional fuel packages spontaneously ignited, forcing the firefighters to evacuate the module through windows.

A Las Vegas Fire and Rescue captain was treated at University Medical Center Burn Center for injuries. A Henderson Fire captain missed work because of injuries. The two other firefighters did not sustain serious injuries.  

North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker told FOX5 Gillespie will be on leave for two to three weeks while his role in this training is under review.

"What over site there was from the chief and other administrative staff and what could maybe have been done better," Hacker said.

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