Firefighters Train to Battle Wildfires

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SWEET HOME, Ore. — New firefighters battled the heat during firefighter training on Friday.

For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever fought a fire. During the week-long fire school, students spent time in the classroom learning about hazards to avoid while on the job and about emergency medical procedures like CPR. Then, on Friday, the students learned how to contain a fire and extinguish a controlled burn.

Organizers say once the students finish the training course, they can fight fires right away. “It gives them a foundation so they’re not just kind of out here not knowing what to do,” says Operation Sections Chief Ryan Sullivan. “They can take that classroom knowledge and apply it to the field.”

This interagency fire school consists of firefighters from all over the state and from various organizations, including the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. This year’s class was the largest ever.

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