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Los Angeles firefighters attend training in shipboard firefighting

2/23/2011 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Forty-five firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department have completed a customized contract class in " Shipboard Firefighting for Land-based Firefighters" conducted by TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute. Three classes of 15 students each were held at the Brayton Fire Training Field in December, January and February.

The participants all work in Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) stations near the Port of Los Angeles or on LAFD fireboats, said Kirk Richardson, Marine Training Manager with TEEX. "Some of the firefighters had attended the summer Industrial Fire School, but for most, it was their first time to train at Brayton Fire Training Field. Feedback from the course participants has been very positive, and they were impressed with Brayton Fire Field."

The unique training facility was one of the reasons LAFD chose TEEX for this training, he added.

The Port of Los Angeles is one of the nation's busiest ports and its fireboats use some of the latest firefighting technology.

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