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Firefighters sharpen skills during training

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FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) - Firefighters from across the state sharpened their skills all in an effort to help keep themselves and the public safe.

More than 200 firefighters are taking part in the two-day Destry Horton Wildland and EMS school training on Fort Sill's east range. It's named after Chickasha firefighter John Destry Horton who died after fighting a wildfire near Duncan in 2006.

Lawton Fire Department training officer Jared Williams says at the Horton Wildland and EMS school training, they are aiming for one goal.

"The biggest thing that we focus on during these schools like this, is safety, safety of our firefighters and then safety of the public, so that we can go out and protect them if there is a wildfire in their area," William said.

Williams says being able to provide this type of training on Fort Sill's east range is unique.

"Just the ability to come out on the ranges and have the wide open space," he explained.

Williams says not only does the fire training help give firefighters across the state a chance to advance their knowledge in the classroom with a class that teaches firefighter basics and engine company tactics, but it also helps reduce the wildfire threat potential on the grounds of Fort Sill.

"It could save firefighters lives, it could save civilian lives and it could save a substantial amount of property pasture," said Kevin Reidy, a firefighter with the Little Ax Fire Department..

Reidy says by sticking with the trainings motto, "safety first," there's no reason to fear being a firefighter.

"You tend to not get afraid, as long as you trust your gear, trust your equipment, do you training and trust your guys you're with," said Reidy.

The training wraps up Sunday and was put on by the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training in Stillwater.

This is the sixth year for the event.

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