There was a flurry of activity on Chittenden Street in Duryea last Thursday, as members of several volunteers gathered at one flood-damaged home to practice and fine-tune their fire fighting skills.
"Every Thursday, of every week, the Excelsior Hose Co. of Duryea conducts these types of training sessions for volunteers," said the company's president Mike Kilink. "The Dalton family, formally of Duryea, donated their home for our use prior to its scheduled demolition."
Klink explained having a physical structure makes textbook training come to life.
"This is a good opportunity to gain experience in fire fighting tactics," he said. "It's really more hands on."
The Excelsior Hose Co. training session last week was also attended members from surrounding communities and departments. According to Klink, about 35 people attended the training.
"It's very common to have multiple companies conducting these kinds of training exercises together," Klink explained. "When you respond on a working fire, you have to learn how to work together. This sort of training enables each company to be aware of what the other company is doing should there be a working structure fire."
Klink explained that weekly and varied training exercises are important because every fire situation can be different.