Auburn Firefighters Put Their Skills To The Test In Training Exercises

By Carrie Larsen
WIBW – April 27, 2015

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The Auburn Fire Department put their skills to the test Saturday during a training session.

With 227 calls so far in 2015, training is a top priority for the department.

“We are training on some basic firefighter skills including ventilation, going through walls, learning how to break glass, and learning how to plug sprinklers. Basic firefighter skills that all firefighters need to know,” said Auburn Fire Department Captain Erik Wood.

By having these training session three times every month, it’s clear these firefighters would know how to handle running into a burning building. However, what they have in strength, is lacking in numbers.

“We are a predominately volunteer fire department. We do have someone here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but the rest of the time, and even during the day, the trucks are predominately staffed by volunteers,” said Wood.

Regular citizens, with a heroic second identity, working hard on a regular basis to be their when danger calls.

“Serving our community, it’s a great and very rewarding thing to do,” said Wood.

The Auburn Fire Department is having an open house on July 11 for the community to see the station, and for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.

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