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EUGENE, Ore. – Several fire crews throughout the state made their way to Eugene over the weekend to participate in an aerial apparatus training.
The training was hosted by Region 5 Training Association, and was held at the Irving Training Grounds on Sunday.
John Maxwell, with Lane Fire Authority was the primary instructor of the training. He said this weekend's training was the largest he has held in the four years he’s been instructing.
Maxwell said more than two dozen paid and volunteer firefighters from eight different departments throughout the state participated in the two-day training. During the training, firefighters were able to get hands on experience using the aerial apparatus which is a fire truck with a hydraulic ladder that has a hose installed in it.
Maxwell said training is required by the National Fire Protection Association for any firefighter that will be an aerial operator.
"They're learning how to do rescue with aerial ladders, they're doing aerial master streams, how to control the water ways and flow water through the aerial master streams, they're learning how to do different types of functions for firefighting, going through windows, accessing rooftops for ventilation operations,” said Maxwell.
He said firefighters participated in 20 hours of training over the weekend.
Maxwell said some of the departments involved in the training include South Lane County Fire, Santa Clara Fire and Sweet Home Fire just to name a few.
He said their next training will be held in April. It will be a fire officer training that will focus on fire ground management skills and personnel matters.