NEWPORT CITY – Modern day firefighting is more than spraying water on a burning building. This past weekend, hundreds of area firefighters from 24 departments attended the Regional Fire School at the North Country Career Center.
Northeast International Mutual Aid sponsored the training, which included hands-on and practical components. Incident Command, Mayday, building codes, arson awareness, initial fire ground, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), vehicle extraction and breathing apparatus were some of the classes offered over the weekend. Some classes lasted one day while others lasted two. Those firefighters who took a one-day class Saturday had the opportunity to take a second class Sunday.
The classes are important for the safety of firefighters, Larry Burdick, treasurer for the Northeast International Mutual Aid, said. Firefighters who are not trained in an area can't use that skill in the field. "If you're not certified in it, you can't do it," said Burdick. "It's that simple."
For more of this story, see Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 15, 2013.