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WI Firefighter training


WESTON (WAOW)--The Weston Fire Department is made up of 10 full time firefighters and 35 volunteers. All undergo the same basic training, said Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilhan," The State of Wisconsin requires 60 hours of training for a firefighter to enter a burning building. They can go beyond that for further certification, with more firefighting and hazardous materials training. But, the minimum is 60 hours."

  During out stop at the department, two volunteers were taking part in a learning session on Rapid Intervention. That is basically backing up the firefighters who have already entered a burning building. The volunteers tell Newsline 9 they are glad to be able to take part in the training so they know when to go in and help those who are lost or hurt.

  Knowing when to help is just one of the challenges firefighters face. Meilhan adds, "The building materials change, electric cars add a new dimension, and we need to know all of these things to keep us alive and our communities safe. "

 For safety tips , fire training and other information on the Weston Fire Department check out www.westonwisconsinfire.com


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