|Fire district to welcome four new volunteers to its ranks posted on 06/30/2017|
Near the end of July, four more dedicated individuals are
expected to graduate from the Hoodland Fire District’s volunteer academy and
join the ranks of the nearly 40 volunteer firefighters serving the district.
Andy Figini, who became the district’s Training Coordinator
this year, notes that this year’s academy was brought up a notch with an
adjusted schedule that allowed for more training. The new program included
online classes that candidates would complete away from the station, allowing
them to focus on drills and hands.
“We’re giving people more opportunity to train and to be
proficient in their skills,” said Figini, a firefighter/paramedic for the
district who spent 10 years as a volunteer with the Gladstone Fire District,
adding that the goal was to spend less time in a classroom watching PowerPoint
presentations. “That’s really how we learn our skills, by going out there and
actually using the tools.”
In past years, the district would hold drills every
Wednesday, but this year added a drill every shift, increasing the drill
opportunities for members of the academy fivefold. This year’s academy was also
a joint effort with the Molalla Fire District, featuring the majority of
classes at Molalla.
Figini sees the newest additions to the volunteer ranks as
solid firefighters who have made them known to the rest of the district.
“I think that they’re all pretty active, hoping they
continue to be active throughout their career,” he said.
By Garth Guibord/MT