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New Volunteer Firefighters for Benton County

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - There are 12 new members of the Benton County Fire Districts list of volunteers and Saturday wrapped up their training.  

The men and women have trained since late August.

Benton Fire District Number One Public Information Officer Devin Helland said, "This is the first time they actually get two see live fire and actually go into some dangerous situations, controlled but dangerous situations."

The volunteers came from different backgrounds and have different full time jobs but they have one common interest in becoming a firefighter.

Helland said, "It's a young class, it's a fun class.  Very eager, very willing, very competed to their community, very eager to get out and help."

The volunteers entered a burning building that was over 1,000 degrees.  Helland said, "that way they can really feel the intensity and we can put a lot of real life situations in that tower."

Benton County Fire District Number One Captain Jeff Ripley said volunteering is a great way to see if you like the job. 

He said, "terrific opportunity to try before you buy, if you will, there aren't too many locations where you can actually sign up as a volunteer enjoy all the expensive toys, get in on the training and really get a feel for what its like before you pursue it as career."

Benton County Fire district officials said to stop by and pick up an application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.