Many people believe being a firefighter is one of the most heroic jobs you can have, but it takes a lot of work to become a professional firefighter.
Captain Ed Thompson of the Beckley Fire Department is in charge of the training new recruits. Captain Thompson said, “Our initial training is a minimum of 470 hours for a new firefighter in the first year.”
Along with all the certifications they go through, firefighters are also trained on driving the engines and trucks.
Professionals are not the only ones who put in a lot of training hours. Most of Southern West Virginia’s fire services are provided by volunteers. In fact, that’s where Captain Thompson started off.
Captain Thompson also stated, “to be a volunteer firefighter training is 132 hours.”
No matter who is responding to the call, it’s the men like Capt. Thompson who make sure they are ready.