STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Medford Fire and Rescue continues training for wildfires

Today was the second day of training for the Fire Department.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 6:23 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- Medford Fire and Rescue is sharpening its skills for fire season. It's an opportunity for the firefighters to get all the kinks out.

Water was shooting out of fire hoses at pretend fires this afternoon. Medford Fire and Rescue wants to make sure each one of their firefighters is ready for a wildfire. "Practice always makes perfect and we always do it early on. So that we're not behind the ball when it comes to be deep into fire season." said Captain Graham Payer from Medford Fire and Rescue. 

Each fire station in Medford had to do different tasks. Some worked on perfecting the use of fire shelters, which are used to protect fire fighters if they get stuck inside a fire. Others practiced drafting water. This is how firefighters get enough water to fight a fire and of course they practiced fighting a fire.

"We did a wild land refresher training. So we simulated a fire running up the hill behind us in the tall grass. Then threatening structures above it." said Captain Payer.  The goal is for the firefighters to problem solve and do it quickly. "So we get a little bit of practice now so when the real thing happens, we're ready to go. We have that muscle memory, and we've worked out any kinks." said Captain Payer. 

The firefighters are graded by skill, problem-solving and working as a team. This team came in second.

Wednesday is the last day of this training for Medford Fire and Rescue. 

Article Comments

Medford
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 37°
Brookings
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 47°
Crater Lake
Overcast
31° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 26°
Grants Pass
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 43°
Klamath Falls
Overcast
31° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 26°
Foggy Monday Morning
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Sunday, December 8th Evening Weather

Image

Mt. Ashland opens 6 days early

Image

Saturday, December 7 night weather

Image

Saturday, December 7 morning weather

Image

Medford native Brady Breeze shines in Oregon's Pac-12 Championship victory

Image

35th annual Klamath Falls Snowflake Festival

Image

Daily J! - Patron Saints

Image

Friday, December 6th Evening Weather

Image

High winds make driving semi-trucks dangerous

Image

Friday, December 6 afternoon weather