Aug 24, 2014 9:45 PM by Maddie Garrett

Area Firefighters Gather for Training to Improve Firefighting Techniques

More than 60 firefighters from nine agencies across Southern Colorado came together this weekend for special training at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Headquarters. CSFD hosted the fire suppression training where firefighters learned new techniques to manage water hose lines during a fire attack.

The training was led by Aaron Fields from the Seattle Fire Department in Washington. The training was on both Saturday and Sunday, and firefighters focused on fire hose control, management, how to flow the fully capability of the hose line and working as a team.

Lt. Jon Messersmith with CSFD said in order for the training to be effective, they have to use water in the hose lines, which means a lot of water was flowing over the weekend. The teams used more than 200,000 gallons of water.

The training is a lot of work for the firefighters, moving and handling heavy hoses with water running through them. But Messersmith said it's all worth it and they enjoy training like this one.

"It's a lot of fun to get out here and practice what we do. We're all firefighters because we're passionate about the job and we like to get out there and serve the public and get the fire put out," said Messersmith.



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