Firefighters throughout the state attend the Annual Washington Fire Chiefs Conference

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Annual Washington Fire Chiefs- Training, Safety and Officers’ Section Conference is taking place at the Yakima Convention Center until February 28th.

During the conference, firefighters will learn new tactics to help them continue saving lives.

Ted Vander Houwen, Fire Commissioner at Naches Heights and Co-Chair said different fire stations throughout Washington are attending the conference.

This is the ninth year it takes place in Yakima.

“This year we’re offering about 20 different classes,” said Vander Houwen. “This will be the last year we’re in Yakima, next year we’ll be in Wenatchee.”

Drill classes were offered at Yakima Fire Station 95. Firefighters learned different techniques by using minimal equipment.

Jeff Pugh is part of the Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and taught a class in auto and heavy extrication.

“We have about 30 people participating in today’s class from all parts of Washington,” said Pugh. “Today we are primarily using hand tools, we want to show if the tools are being used correctly they can be a great help.”

The conference will end on Wednesday, February 28th.


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