HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Firefighting is not an easy job. Men and women put their lives on the line every day going into house fires and saving lives.
The Hattiesburg Fire Department is almost done with it’s fire training course for the spring.
For the last 10 weeks, eight men have been learning and training to become Hattiesburg firefighters.
"There’s a lot of things that we throw at these guys in a very short period of time because the public expects them to be competent in their jobs when they graduate,” said Battalion Chief Chris Carr.
The training is 12 weeks full of emotionally and physically demanding tests to prepare the trainees for what they will have to encounter in a real fire.
"We’re trying to match that stress as best we can so they have an understanding of where we’re coming from and where they’re going when they start working out in the fire stations in Hattiesburg,” said Carr.
This week is called Smoke Week. It is the week the recruits demonstrate the skills they have learned in the last nine weeks of the course. Recruits said the training may be difficult and demanding, but it is all worth it in the end.
“It’s definitely not for everybody, but it’s definitely the most fulfilling thing,” said recruit Ryan Jones. “Even though I haven’t done any firefighting or saving anyone yet, just the camaraderie and the friendships and the family that’s here is very fulfilling. It’s a one of a kind job.”
The eight recruits will finish up with the training in two weeks.