Firefighter training: Residents committing their time, dedication |

Firefighter training: Residents committing their time, dedication

(Editor’s note: The following two articles are the seventh installment in a series of profiles of local law and fire protection agencies that will publish each week through Feb. 27, when the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council hosts its annual Red Light Ball at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. That event raised more than $20,000 for local agencies last year. For ticket information, contact Bill Drown at 268-9015.)

We are fortunate in Nevada County to have some of the best fire districts in Northern California.

That takes time for education and training, whether firefighters are volunteers or making the field a career.

Nevada County takes pride in having a fantastic track record when supplying the best training available.

Twenty-one men and women from seven local fire districts gathered for an adventure recently at the Grass Valley fire station, near the new Sierra College training grounds. In the next six months, these folks will train in several modules – supported by instructors with more than 180 years experience and by the Nevada County Fire Chiefs Association.

What’s to learn? Structure fire fighting, fire behavior, fire equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, wildland firefighting, first responder medical, rescue techniques and confined space awareness, hazardous material operations.

About 200 hours of education plus hands on training will afford these people a start. They will return to their respective fire districts and continue to enhance their skills, broaden their abilities and gain experience.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. In concert with Sierra College, additional basic and progressive classes are offered, along with a regional fire academy.

Firefighters train and maintain their proficiency to serve and better protect the communities in Nevada County and California.

Higgins Fire District Battalion Chief Jerry M. Good is a member and coordinator of the Nevada County Training Officers Association.

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