BURBANK, Wash. - Firefighters are always ready to jump in the truck with their coworkers to battle the next big blaze. But they don't always know which other fire departments are going to be there if more help is called in.
Firefighters from several different agencies trained together at Walla Walla County Fire District Five in Burbank on Thursday. They worked on room and content fires in a 150 square foot room.
Pasco Battalion Chief Dave Hare said that's a typical type of fire they might respond to. These trainings ensure they're prepared, no matter who they work for.
"It's all about relationships and our guys knowing each other and knowing their capabilities and knowing the equipment and being comfortable with each other in the event of an emergency. We don't want to try and build that comfort level at the time of the emergency, we want to build it beforehand," said Hare.
Franklin County, Walla Walla County, Pasco and Kennewick firefighters all took part in the training.
While live training is required annually by law, here it's done every month.