Volunteer firefighters begin training

The Butte County Fire Department's 7th Volunteer Academy began Saturday at the Openshaw Training Center in Oroville.

Posted: Nov 3, 2019 4:06 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2019 9:09 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- There will soon be 27 new volunteer firefighters protecting Butte County. Saturday marked the first day of the fire department's 7th volunteer academy.

A couple who was affected by the Camp Fire says they decided to volunteer because they wanted to give back to the community.

Alyce and William Gable were living in Berry Creek when the Camp Fire ripped through Butte County. They were forced to evacuate but their house survived the fire. Now, they are giving back.

According to Cal Fire's Public Information Officer Rick Carhart, the volunteers will learn what to do on medical calls, how to respond to hazmat material incidents, and they will recieve wildfire training and structure firefighting training.

The volunteer fire academy will run through the month of February.

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