Firefighters complete training

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Bernard recognized as top graduate Democrat Photo Jeremy Bernard, of the Washburn Volunteer Fire Department, received the Top Graduate Award during a Firefighter I and II training graduation ceremony that was held in Exeter on Jan. 27. Pictured above, from left, are: Earl Adams, Exeter Fire Protection District Board vice president; Shane Anderson, Firefighter I and II training instructor from the Monett Fire Department; Bernard; and Jim Matthew, Exeter fire chief.

Community members from Exeter, Cassville, Washburn, Wheaton and Butterfield gathered at the Exeter R-VI School District's multipurpose facility for a special graduation ceremony on Jan. 27. During the event, 18 local volunteer firefighters were recognized for completing Firefighter I and II training.

After introducing Exeter Fire Chief Jim Matthew, Exeter Fire Protection District Board Vice President Earl Adams, board members Ron Shockley and JC Brattin and several other officials in attendance, instructor Shane Anderson gave a brief overview of Firefighter I and II training.

During the 240-hour course, which is equivalent to six college credit hours, the participants received instruction in the following course areas: history; safety; fire behavior; building construction; alarm and communications; self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA); portable fire extinguishers; forcible entry; ladders; ropes; hoses, nozzles and appliances; fire streams; water supply; ventilation; salvage and overhaul; sprinkler systems; and emergency medical care.

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