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Training to Fight Fires

The CAL FIRE Shasta Trinity Unit began its final training on Saturday

Posted: Dec 8, 2018 6:15 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - The CAL FIRE Shasta Trinity Unit began its final training on Saturday.

So Action News Now asked some of their students what they thought about the program. 

“You're running towards the flames while others are running away,” said student Wendy Dickens. 

"We got this! Guys make sure I have enough hose," said one instructor. 

“The temperature is there is usually exceeding 200-300 degrees plus. I know at one point we were in there and it was I think one of the readings was 500 degrees," said student Garrett Goodwin. 

Firefighting is an intense career, that requires bravery, precision, and a calmness.

" It might start to feel like you're kind of getting a little restricted on breathing but the biggest main thing when you're going into one of these situations is to actually have that cool, calm, collected mindset because when you have that and you focus on that things will usually float right into place," said Goodwin. 

But for these students going through 10-weeks of training, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“you need to know what you're getting yourself into when you arrive at a scene there is a structure fire or any kind of fire and I think you then have to make some decisions pretty quickly about how you're going to you know attack that fire," said Dickens. 


And for a community that has experienced so much pain this year due to wildfires, becoming a volunteer firefighter means so much more.

"Well, that's one reason why you get involved right. Because you feel like you could be of some assistance you want to be a participant and help, and I think for me that's exciting to know that after this weekend I can do that I can help. I can be of more assistance to the community. And in seeing some of the devastations that has happened to our partnering counties and our own county and our own city that's really what's driven me even harder to become a part of this volunteer fire company," said Dickens. 

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