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Intense training builds teamwork among firefighters

Bainbridge Public Safety and Decatur County Firefighters go through intense training. Bainbridge Public Safety and Decatur County Firefighters go through intense training.
Smoke filled the house where firefighters tried to find hidden equipment. Smoke filled the house where firefighters tried to find hidden equipment.
Van Eakin Van Eakin
Jim Copp Jim Copp
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia firefighters are gaining valuable experience as they go through intense training in Bainbridge.

Despite smoke filling up the room and temperatures reaching near 115 degrees, firefighters from Bainbridge Public Safety and Decatur County Fire and Rescue stayed positive.

“Anything like this that we're able to do that allows us to accomplish that goal, makes it all worthwhile,” said Decatur County Firefighter Van Eakin.

Firefighters went through search and rescue training Wednesday, faced with the challenge of finding small objects throughout the house with hardly any visibility.

“The idea behind it is if you can find an object in a room that weighs less than a pound, to pinpoint and hone in on your skills, you can find a human being with no problem,” said Bainbridge Public Safety Engineer Jim Copp.

Many of the firefighters are new recruits, learning just as much about themselves as the men working alongside them.

“It lets us get used to working with each other,” said Eakin. “It helps build teamwork between us.”

Copp said they will continue training throughout the month to emphasize the security they provide to residents.

“To know that their money is going to exactly what they're paying for.  It's to save them in a time of need and to also save their property,” said Copp.

These firefighters will soon train in actual fire conditions to better prepare them for real life emergencies.

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