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Brookings Fire & Rescue Department held a dedication ceremony Saturday, Nov. 21, at the new Training Grounds in the Brookings area. The event was attended by fire department members, the Brookings mayor and city council, past and present city managers, the public safety director and a South Coast representative.

The event started with the mayor, council and fire chief doing a ribbon cutting.

The training area has been in the approval and planning stages for about three years and now has an area for doing class A fire burns in CONEX boxes, a wild land firefighting training area and a rescue and ground ladder training facility. Future plans are for a dedicated area for vehicle extrication using the hydraulic rescue tools and equipment.

Firefighters demonstrated the facility by doing a live fire demonstration in the burn facility and a rescue of a firefighter down in the rescue and ladder training facility.

The facility is a great asset for being able to have a dedicated area for training and honing the skills of the firefighters in the varying aspects of the job of firefighting and rescue.

The Brookings Fire & Rescue Department is comprised of only two career firefighters while the rest are dedicated, community volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact the chief or career captain by calling 541-469-1142, Chief Watson or 541-469-1141 Captain Lee or following the link on the city of Brookings Website: www.brookings.or.us, Public Safety. You can also find them on Facebook at Brookings Fire & Rescue.

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