YAKIMA, Wash.-- More than 200 firefighters from across the state are in Yakima this week learning how to better serve their communities.
The annual training conference gives crews the opportunity to learn new tactics, leadership skills, and even learn how to be trainers themselves.
Firefighters also get hands-on training while they're in town to prepare themselves for real world scenarios.
"We go out and practice the same skills over and over again, so when the emergency hits, we don't have to think, we know what we have to do. That's what fire service is, is being absolutely prepared for every emergency that we can," said Capt. Ted Vander Houwen, a Yakima firefighter and training officer.
The five-day conference wrapped up at the Yakima Convention Center Wednesday.