ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - More than a dozen fire chiefs and training officers from Mississippi and Louisiana gathered in Jones County Saturday to learn new techniques and practices to improve training in their departments. A class at Jones County Junior Colleges's Advanced Technology Center was offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and focused on training operations in small fire departments.
It covered several areas including legal issues and the marketing and financing of local training.
The National Fire Academy is handling the instruction. It's the first time the course was offered in Jones County.
"This is a grass roots course that we carry out into the states and try to help people with their training functions," said Leonard Edge, adjunct instructor with the National Fire Academy. "That's what this class was designed to do was be taken in the field," he said.
"Not many places get to have this in their back yard and so to have them come down and do specialized training just for us, just for this area is really great," said Larkin Simpson, chief of the Ellisville Volunteer/Career Fire Dept.
"All across the fire services and especially the volunteers, we're having challenges with training issues and getting people to participate in training and I thought coming to this class would give me an opportunity to learn something new," said Brian Drury, chief of the Livingston Parish Fire Protection Dist.-2 from Springfield, Louisiana.
The class ends on Sunday.