Fort Sill, Okla_ Firefighters from across Oklahoma added new skills to their resume at Fire Service Training on post Sunday afternoon.
Some of the techniques are not new to firefighting, but they are to some of the firefighters who attended the training. Those firefighters will be able to take the skills they learned back home to teach at their respective departments.
Nearly 250 firefighters attended the weekend-long training at Fort Sill. They learned several different firefighting skills from basic techniques to more advanced tactics.
"All the way up to the wild land skills class where they go out and cut fire line with hand tools," said Paddy Metcalf, Fire Programming Coordinator for OSU's Fire Service Program. "They also use engine company tactics. They actually light fire and put the fires out (while) also learning how to do backfiring and things of this nature."
Safety was spotlighted throughout the weekend. Leaders at the training say it's their number one concern.
"The main thing the firefighters get this week is safety, so when they are out on the fire scene they can be safe as they can so that when they are out there they get a chance to come home after the fire is over," said Metcalf.
The firefighters who attended the training say it's priceless, especially because 90 percent of fires in Oklahoma are wildfires. The skills they learned will help them fight future fires with force.
"It's great and it's in a controlled environment," said firefighter Kaidee Monroe. "It is safe for the firefighters and it is hands on so you learn a lot more than just being in the class room."
Monroe says this training will not only help her but also her department.
"I think it will help it will just add to my program because honestly I haven't had much backfire training and we haven't done much since I have been on and so I think it will help contribute to our department."
Today's training was free for all firefighters and fire departments that took part thanks to state grant money.