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The Heat Is On For Lower Valley Firefighters

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The heat was on for firefighters in the lower valley on Monday night.

Yakima County Fire District No. 5 hosted a live burn training clinic. Firefighters with up to 35 years of experience fine tuned their skills at the only live fire training facility in the valley at the Yakima County Fire District No. 5's facility. 

The City of Yakima's Jeremy Rodriguez led the group through a brief description of the training and then they practiced searching through a structure fire, while working on the basics.

Tana Winterholler of the Buena Fire Department was the only woman at the exercise.

However, it didn't stop her from getting much needed experience with a live fire.

"It's really good practice," she said. "We don't get a lot of fires and so it's good practice for us to all be in with the people we respond with."

Firefighters came to Yakima from as far as Grandview. The live burn training is part of a national requirement for firefighters and it only happens once a year.

Yakima County Fire District No. 5, which covers the lower valley is currently recruiting interested people. All you have to be is at least 17 years old.

Call Yakima County Fire District No. 5 fire training captain Dave Martin at 829-5111 for more information.