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Fire Marshal Offering Free Volunteer Firefighter Training in Reynoldsburg
Posted on: 03/27/2013
By  Mike Cullums

State Representative Andy Thompson of Marietta has announced that the Ohio fire marshal’s office is offering free weekend training to help volunteer firefighters meet state certification requirements.
A free training session was held two weeks ago, but because of the overwhelming response to the program, the Ohio Fire Academy will be offering another set of classes in May at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.  The classes will be held on May 4 & 5 and May 18 & 19. 
Topics to be covered are equipment, pump operations, and how to extinguish a fire from the exterior. Participants will also take the state certification exam.
The program is designed to attract volunteers by providing the required 36 hours of training for free in a more convenient format than the typical, periodic classes that last for several weeks or months.
Thompson says fire chiefs have praised these classes’ more condensed structure and the ability to provide quality training to volunteer departments that often cannot afford the classes through vocational schools and private trainers.
About 70 percent of Ohio’s fire departments are staffed by some 30,000 volunteer firefighters.
To enroll in the May training session, contact Jay Clevenger at the Ohio Fire Academy at (614) 752-7180. 
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