A group of 25 fire fighters from Arlington, Blair, Kennard and North Bend are taking part in a Fire Fighter 1 certification class provided by the Arlington Fire Department. To become certified, the class members will need to complete 90- hours of class work and 30 hours of hazmat training and pass both written and skills tests.
Working as a fire fighter requires physical strength and endurance. Arlington training Officer and class member Tami Erixon said the gear alone adds and additional 40 pounds at times you have to carry axes and ladders and other tools. But, Erixon said, “The most important aspect of any Fire Fighter 1 class is that it teaches proper technique and teamwork vs. physical strength.”
Over the next few months, the Enterprise and Citizen newspapers will follow these men and women who live in our communities as they continue their training in the classroom and in the field.