Area firefighters go to academy

<p>Participants in the training academy included, in front row: Robert Beers (Burns), Matthew Modey (Burns), Kristin Hinkle (Prairie City), Denise Porter (Long Creek), Amanda McHatton (Long Creek); middle row: Richard Olson (Burns), Earl Pettit (Monument), Jeremy Boyer (Monument), Ed Studtmann (Long Creek); back row: Don Porter (Long Creek), Ronda Metler (John Day), Carl Metler (John Day). Not pictured: Mike Whiteaker (Hines).</p>

JOHN DAY – The Grant-Harney Training Association held its annual Entry Level Firefighter Academy in January.

Firefighters from Grant and Harney Counties spent two weekends in classes that trained them to a level acceptable to OSHA standards. Classes began on Friday evenings and continued through Sunday afternoon. Eleven firefighters from the two counties participated in the Academy.

The first weekend classes were hosted by the John Day Volunteer Fire Department. The second weekend classes were hosted by the Hines Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire departments participating in the Fire Academy were: Burns Volunteer Fire Department, Hines Volunteer Fire Department, Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Monument Volunteer Fire Department and Prairie City Volunteer Fire Department.

The firefighters received training in firefighter safety, fire behavior, self-contained breathing apparatus and personal protective equipment, ropes and knots, small tools, ladders, fire extinguishers, water supply and fire streams, salvage and overhaul, and search and rescue.

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