October 05, 2009
The 140 plus hours spent training these firefighters includes more than 27 subjects and countless hours of home study in preparation for a written examination on October 16th, said Fire Chief Jim Hill in a news release.
Photograph courtesy Ketchikan Fire Department
Sixteen (16) of the original eighteen (18) men and women firefighter candidates participated in a full 8 hours of "Live Fire" training on Saturday October 3rd. The training was held at Fire Station #2 and at the Solid Waste Facility where candidates fought vehicle fires, trash fires, and structure fires under controlled conditions. They also practiced handling hose lines, setting up master stream devices, and using all of their equipment and training.
The class concludes on October 17th with a full day of practical examinations, skills testing, and performance based examinations by a Certifying Officer provided by the State of Alaska Fire Marshal's office, Training and Education Bureau.
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