The Blackstone Fire Department drills several times a year in preparation for many types of emergencies that may occur. Several brush fires are reported each year in the town of Blackstone. Firefighters need specific training for fighting brush fires in heavily wooded areas or open land. The equipment used and techniques for fighting the fires are important. Controlled burns were carried out with new and seasoned firefighters in preparation to battle future fires. Equipment such as off-road tankers were used in the exercises.