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.