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Rookie ODF firefighters get first taste of fire season

A group of 16 first-time firefighters are currently in a two-week training course.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 5:12 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Rookie firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry got their first taste of fire season Thursday. A group of 16 first-time firefighters are currently in a two-week training course. 

They started the course in the classroom and got to take their skills outside Thursday.

18-year-old Central Point native Isaiah Griffith is following in several family members' footsteps. 

"As a kid I was always pushed toward doing something that was a little less in an office and a little more outdoors, and getting to do something that gives back is a big choice of mine too. My uncles always pushed for getting a good pay check but doing something you love," Griffith said. 

Griffith said he felt the training prepared him for being on a real fire.

"They give you all the tools to succeed, as long as you're there you can do it," Griffith said. 

Thursday the group focused on digging hand line, searching for hotspots and using hoses. 

The outdoor part of the course continues Friday where they will be tested on their knowledge and skills. 

The course ends next week with the group using everything they've learned on a real fire.

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