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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

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