Friday, December 16, 2022 - Recently firefighters from Sequoyah County and surrounding areas participated in a two-day training organized by Sallisaw’s assistant fire chief, Steve Padgett.
The training consisted of a 16-hour class that took place on December 10 and 11. Padgett said, "We had 30 students attend, including 16 from Sequoyah County Fire Departments."
The Oklahoma State Fire Association funded the class, which was taught by OSU Fire Service Training.
Hog Creek Towing's John Matthews assisted in the training by providing the cars as well as the facility for all of the hands-on exercises throughout the training.
Padgett stated, "The class went really well and offered some excellent training for our county firefighters right here in their hometown. I am hoping to continue these training opportunities at the beginning of 2023 with another Fire Fighter 1 (FF1) course."
Fire Departments that attended the class included Roland, Sallisaw, Brushy, Sequoyah County RFPD #1, Skiatook, Turley, Kaw City, Owasso, Newcastle, and Salina.
Having a firefighter training facility in Sallisaw provides many opportunities for the community.
"We can increase firefighter training hours, provide convenience to our local fire departments, and those who travel from other areas to attend trainings spend money here," Padgett said. "They all have to eat, sleep, and fuel up right here in Sallisaw. Therefore, everyone is benefiting."
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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