Missouri firefighters go back to school

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri firefighters go back to school to get a jumpstart on their training.

The Missouri Summer Fire School kicked off Wednesday and more than 13 states are represented this year.

Tracy Gray, special programs coordinator, said this program is beneficial for firefighters across the nation.

"This allows them to learn these skills and have everybody on a standard level that they're able to go back and practice what they've done and learned here in Jeff City," Gray said.

Students spend about four hours each day in a classroom learning about their program for the day before heading out into the field. The classes are held on Lincoln University's campus in Jefferson City and the courses take place all over the area. The courses range from various topics, including the newest course, grain engulfment rescue.

More than a dozen students maneuvered boats and practiced rescuing techniques in the Missouri River Wednesday as part of the boat and rescue operations.

Gray said the variety of courses helps firefighters prepare to properly act in all types of emergencies.

"This is more speciality skills that they're doing to get them ready and available for incidents that they have in their area," Gray said.

The classes and courses continue through Sunday and the schedule, along with more information on event this weekend, can be found on its schedule.