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Free firefighter training beneficial for smaller departments

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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 13:00:16-04

TULSA — Firefighters from across the state gathered in Tulsa this week to receive free training at the Oklahoma State Fire School.

Dozens of classes will are being held at Tulsa Community College, which is next door to the Tulsa Fire Training Facility where hands on training is taking place.

Ringwood Fire Chief Clifford Davidson said one of the trainings hear might costs $15,000 to put on. He said that is not something a smaller or volunteer department could ever afford.

Thursday morning, instructors showed firefighters how to respond to an active shooter situation and assess victim's injuries.

Others learned how to balance a large ladder and quickly set it up, manage air supply and extricate a victim.

Chief Davidson said having the classes is extremely valuable.

"It’s just about money," Chief Davidson said. "These smaller departments... they can’t afford to pay for classes. Any training they can get for free is a bonus and this is a great opportunity for them."

He said he came years ago and has since convinced the other firefighters in his department to attend the school.

About 500 firefighters were at the training on Thursday. They encourage others from across the state to join. The training lasts until Sunday, May 5.

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