Regional firefighters take part in training exercises

 Volunteer firefighters throughout the region came together for a large training exercise that was held last weekend, May 1-3, at the Baker Rural Volunteer Fire Department.

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By Lori Kesinger

  Six state fire training instructors helped lead the training. Twelve fire departments from Montana and North Dakota were represented.

   Forty firefighters spent their Friday evening, May 1, in a classroom learning about fire safety and behavior.

   Sixty-five firefighters received training May 2. Each firefighter successfully completed hands-on training and extinguishing a structure fire, propane fire and car fire. A mobile burn unit pulled by a semi was used for the structure fire.

   Fallon County EMS provided a rehab station Saturday for the firefighters, including blood pressure checks and respite care.

   Only Baker firefighters were involved in the training held Sunday, which included Fallon County EMS. Firefighters and EMS personnel received further training on a car accident, including extrication.

   We’re going to try to make this training annual,” said Fire Chief Tom Bruha. “We’re working with the instructors about next year, possibly the last weekend in April, and we’ll try to have something different next time.”

   The State of Montana requires volunteer firefighters to have 30 hours of training every year.