Firefighters with the Zachary Fire Department participated Jan. 7 in training at West Feliciana Parish’s Fire Protection District 1 facility in St. Francisville.

Gordon Lipscomb, training officer for ZFD, supervised as volunteer, part-time and full-time firefighters participated in the drills. The exercises are mandatory for full-timers, Lipscomb said.

The drills, which are held three times a year, include classroom instruction followed by actual practice in a “burn building” that includes containing live fires inside a multistory structure.

“This training is valuable because it gives our crews the opportunity to work together,” Lipscomb said.

The ZFD has 73 firefighters on its roster, including 25 full-time members.