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Ohio offers free volunteer firefighter training

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 08:02 PM

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The state fire marshal is offering free weekend training intended to help volunteer firefighters in Ohio meet state certification requirements and assist officials with the often challenging task of recruiting more of them.

More than two dozen participants were set to get classroom and hands-on training during the two-weekend session beginning this weekend at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, east of Columbus.

They learn about equipment, pump operations and how to attack a fire from the exterior. Then they take the state certification exam.

Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says it’s meant to attract volunteers by providing for free the 36 hours of training they need and doing so in a condensed time frame.

The state plans to offer a second class this year and more if demand remains high.