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Training To Be A Firefighter

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By Brittany Cooper

There is plenty going on at the Southern Idaho Fire Academy held at West Minico Junior High.
Fire Fighters came from all over to take courses to enhance their skills in a job where protecting lives is number one.
And levels range from one month to up to twenty-five years where the more experienced members can provide helpful tips.
Jerry Morton says, “They can take and share their experience with them, show them the short cuts, show them safety. The big prime thing here is safety. We want people to go home as they came onto the scene.”
There are numerous courses offered at the Southern Idaho Fire Academy including the live fire training trailer and the SCBA maze trailer - which deals with students gaining confidence especially with their equipment and coping with confined spaces.
Brett Dixon says, “You’re on the buddy system so you have to have a lot of communication between you and your partner because you might go into a dead end and then you can't turn around so you have to assure the lead, following them through the maze.”
In terms of the economy -- Morton hopes that emergency services won't see budget cuts.
He also says that the turnout of over 400 students and officials this year is about the same as before.
Morton says, “Our numbers are right were they were last year. We’re a little concerned about what we're doing a little more with our money.”


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