Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lakeside Firefighters Assist at 26th Heartland Academy

El Cajon, CA -

The crew from Lakeside Engine 1 spent part of their shift helping train recruits at the Heartland Fire Academy on July 25, 2014. The fire recruits of the 26th Heartland Fire Academy are only in their second week of training but are already working hard on learning the basics of firefighting. The focus of this day of training was basic hose lays and nozzle techniques.

The 22-week accredited State Firefighter I  academy is held at the Tom Owen Training Facility in El Cajon. The cadre of academy instructors are veteran firefighters from Central Zone fire agencies including Heartland Fire-Rescue, Alpine, Lakeside, Santee, and Viejas. The instructors are assisted by on-duty crews from various Central Zone agencies.

Recruits check their gear before the day's drill.
Stretching hoselines and flowing water are basic firefighting skills.

Post and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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