Area firefighters train for certification

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 02, 2014
Courtesy of: Rockland Fire Department Dousing vehicle fires was just one of the skills area firefighters put on display June 1 during a fire training exercise coordinated by the Knox County Fire Training Academy.

Rockland — Firefighters from Camden, Rockland, St, George, and Thomaston fire departments participated in a live fire training section held June 1 at the Rockland transfer station on 400 Limerock St.

The event, provided by the Knox County Fire Training Academy, included training on structure fires, vehicle fires, and propane gas fires. They were just some of the 240 different skills participants need to gain Firefighter 1 and 2 Program certification from the Maine Fire Service Institute. Ten firefighters seeking certification will take their skills examination June 8 in Hollis.Other fire departments, such as Rockland, offered instruction and support.

Firefighters seeking certification have been taking a class since January, which has included both classroom time and live fire training.


How to contain and then douse propane gas fires was another skill firefighters demonstrated June 1 at the Rockland transfer station. (Courtesy of: Rockland Fire Department)
Firefighters, 10 seeking certification from the Maine Fire Service Institute, also perfected their ability to put out structure fires during their June 1 training. (Courtesy of: Rockland Fire Department)
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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

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