Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Another year has come and gone and the Eel River Valley Fire Academy is in full swing for 2012 training.

Local fire departments have joined forces to participate in an extensive training program to promote safety and training in our area sponsored by local area insurance agents.

This year's training includes fire departments from Rio Dell, Ferndale, Loleta, Fortuna, Bridgeville, Carlotta, and Scotia. Fortuna will also have participants from the Fortuna Fire Departments Explorer Program and fire crew members from the California Conservation Corp.

Our local departments in the county are made up of primarily volunteers who sacrifice their time to keep our communities safe. While many of us are sitting around the dinner table with our families they are responding to the sound of the alarm leaving their families in their wake. Our communities have shown and continue to show support of the great individuals and their families.

According to Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lon Winburn, “The fire academy is designed to bring new firefighters into compliance with National Fire Protection Association training standards. This is to ensure that they can operate both safely and efficiently on the fire ground and or rescue scene. The training focuses on entry level structural firefighting and rescue training for the local volunteer firefighters.”

NFPA reports on its website,