Fire Training Back to Normal

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Fire fighters are no strangers to dangerous situations. As everyone runs out of a burning building firefighters are running in.

Since the job is so high risk, hands on training is a must. But in the last several years the department was forced to change how they prepare future firefighters.

“Over the last three years we’ve used the least amount of water we possible could,” said Donald Hughes, WFFD Assisstant Fire Chief. “That was one of the difficulties during the drought. We had to really make sure that we conserved water the best we could.”

And that wasn’t easy since the department has to use water to get the job done.

“I’d say before it was almost unlimted. We’d go out there and work on streams all day long,” Hughes said.”I know we had to change a lot of things up. It’s just hard to teach firefighters how to fight fire without water.”

Live fire training is key is preparing new recruits.

“We actually go in to a building that is on fire. That takes a small amount of water really because it’s such a small area we’re working on.”
Assistant Chief Hughes says the department has learned from the drought.

“Now after having gone through this drought like we have, we’re still mindful now that we’re going to be careful and conserve water as best we can during training.”

“We’ll use more, but we’ll still be as conservative as we can.”

And that’s something that they have done quite well at over the last several years. Assistant Chief Hughes says the entire department cut its
water consumption by 73%.

The department uses a tank and rain water it collects to test hoses for holes and that is something firefighters say they will continue to do.

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