Session provides training close to home for firefighters

10:26 am | September 10, 2013

Rookie firefighters from five different Northeast Tennessee counties are getting the training they need to safely do their jobsPhoto by Brandon Hicks in a 16-week course that will be held in Elizabethton for the next week.

Eleven firefighters from Elizabethton, Newport, Morristown, Kingsport and Johnson City will be completing classroom and skill sessions. There is one new firefighter from the Elizabethton Fire Department in this training session, which is the second held this year.
Photo by Brandon Hicks
EFD Engineer Rick Riddle explained the Northeast Tennessee fire departments were accredited to provide the school for new-hire firefighters. Without this option, the new firefighters would have to travel to Franklin for the state firefighter academy.

“This is a required course for paid departments in the area,” Riddle said. “They need to complete 400 hours of a fire training course through a state accredited program.”

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