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EUGENE, Ore. - The North Bend Fire Department has come to Eugene for special, hands-on fire training for four years in a row. The Eugene-Springfield facility has a lot of training mechanisms and resources unseen in many other departments around the state.
Assistant Fire Chief, Jim Brown, said this is an important annual event because it gives them opportunities that they don't have with their limited resources in their community. He said it also gives them a chance to become closer and work better as a team.
"It's extremely important to have the proper training, because regardless of if a fire is Eugene, if a fire is in Los Angeles, or if it's in North Bend, it's still a very dangerous thing," said Brown. "We want to do everything we can to protect our people and the communities we serve as well."
One of the most unique tools they get to use in this weekend is the burn facility. The burn facility is used for live-fire trainings. It can be caught on fire and remain undamaged for the most part.
Assistant Chief Brown said they send down all of their personnel for this training, in shifts of around 10 or so. This means career, resident, and volunteer firefighters.
The next set of North Bend firefighters will be up to go through the training starting Friday, April 6.