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Firefighters From Kennewick, Richland Train Together

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Firefighters never know when they'll be called out or to what. That's why training is so important. Firefighters never know when they'll be called out or to what. That's why training is so important.

RICHLAND, WA - Firefighters never know when they'll be called out or to what. That's why training is so important. 

Firefighters rely on set up scenarios to prepare them for the real thing. No matter what it is or who they're working with. 

On Wednesday, Kennewick and Richland firefighters trained together inside (and outside) an empty warehouse.

"So our units got dispatched to a commercial structure fire here at the Direct Buy building. Upon arrival our first unit, they saw smoke coming from the rollup door on the east side of the building. So they established command and set up fire operations," said Richland Fire Captain Randy Aust.

The Richland Fire Department played host for this training and invited Kennewick Fire along. Aust said more often than not the two agencies are called out together and training together helps build those bonds.

"Just gets us familiar, talking with each other. We know each other on a different level. We're more comfortable with each other, know each other's attitudes and personalities. So that when the real things happens, we've worked together, done face to face. Just makes things smoother and safer," said Richland firefighter Joe Derousie.

"We had a team get on the roof and do some vertical ventilation and the scenario played out as one of the individuals on the ventilation team actually stepped through the roof,' Aust explained the training scenario.

Over the radio, it was reported a firefighter was hurt and had stepped through the roof as part of the exercise.

"Heights aren't a huge issue but it's always good to practice and get familiar with the stuff we don't do all the time. It's one of those low-frequency deals that we don't do very often so the more chances we get to work on it, we can," said Derousie.

"They did good. We'll talk about some things. There's a lot of different ways to get things done. so, their way was not wrong but we'll talk about some other ways of getting it done," said Aust.

Another big piece of the training was getting firefighters familiar with local buildings. A big warehouse can be confusing, disorienting and dangerous if it's a firefighter's first time in it during an emergency.
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