Nov 7, 2013 7:26 PM
Fighting fires is no easy task. There's a lot of training involved. Not to mention, you've got to be in pretty good physical shape. Kevin Turner, an engineer with the Red Bluff Fire Department, says that plays a big part in making it through the academy.
"We can teach a lot of the strength and technical things. It's the cardio, the eating right and the healthy habits that we aren't going to have time to teach folks how to do," he says.
RBFD is gearing up for its first fire academy since 2009. Candidates will undergo 5 months of training. They will not only have to learn how to put out fires, but also how to extricate victims from vehicles at crash sites and give medical attention to people that are injured or dealing with health issues. Plus, the training that goes into using the equipment. Firefighters say they're looking forward to some new blood to beef up the department. The struggling economy has forced the department to cut back on hiring. Now, they're hoping to add at least 10 to 12 firefighters.
"We need personnel. We're really stretched thin right now because we haven't really been able to hire or put on an academy for a while. We have guys working days on end as part of their normal schedule," says Turner.
If a candidate makes it all the way through the academy he or she will be hired on part time as a reserve firefighter and earn a California Firefighter-1 certificate after a year of service. That certification can then be used anywhere in the state. Applications for the academy are due by November 25th, and training will start January 4th. Candidates must be at least 18 years old by the start of the academy. If you'd like more information on how to sign up visit rbfd.org.