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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The new class of future volunteer firefighters is being trained in Butte County.
This was the first weekend for training at the Butte County Fire Department Volunteer Academy. 31 new recruits are being trained. The Academy runs 17 weekend days. The recruits are on schedule to graduate by the end of February.
CAL FIRE Butte Unit's Public Information Officer (PIO) Rick Carhart said there are 17 volunteer companies in Butte County.
In other Butte CAL FIRE news, a generous grant from the California Fire Foundation provided $15,000 to upgrade the volunteer fire engine for Company 26 in Butte Creek Canyon.
Company 26 is home to Engine 626, a 2006 Ford F-550 Type 6 engine. The grant funds allowed the company to purchase and install a new skid unit, including a larger water tank, and a new pump and hose reel.