Chico Fire academy recruits are improving their skill set to keep people in the community safe.
Chico Fire academy recruits become first group to practice skills under live fire training
New at 5-thrity -- chico firefighters improving their skillset to keep you safe.
Action news now reporter dani masten takes us inside the hands- on training.
Nats of walkie talkie of fire fighters talking to each other."
Mike healy/chico fire recruit "we are the first academy that has been able to do this."
Recruit mike healy is talking about the department's new live fire training box...*nats of fir* healy says getting real live training will help when it comes to battling fires for real.
Mike healy/chico fire recruit "on behalf of a lot of hard work and dedication by members of this department and putting in the work and the hours to get this ready for us so that we will actually be ready in just a few days here to experience similar situations serving the city."
Dani masten recruit mike healy walks me through what it is like to be inside of the live fire box.
Mike healy/chico fire recruit "pitch black which is good.
That is a realistic condition.
It is hot, it is difficult to see and maneuver around so you have to be aware of your surroundings and have excellent communication with your team members and an understanding of what everyone roles and responsibilities are," chico fire chief steve standridge tells action news now training like this could save lives.
Steve standridge/fire chief for chico fire "one of the most dangerous incidents we will run and having the ability to practice this skill set is essential to the safety of our fire fighters.
When the training's over - chico fire will have six new firegihters.
Steve standridge/fire chief for chico fire "much needed relief because of covid, retirements, and some long-term leaves that it has critically drawn down our staffing so it is a great week to get them wrapped up and working and a part of our crews."
In chico?dani masten, action news now, coverage you can count on the 8 week fire academy will end on friday and some of the new firefighters willl begin their first shift this sunday.