ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Rochester Fire Department’s two new recruits are learning how to do the job, the Rochester way, in a 10-week training program.
The training covers everything from confined space training, to hazmat, and water rescue training.
The program also includes “big water” training.
In this excercise, firefighters climb or are taken up to the top of the firetruck's ladder and work with spraying water.
“We can use this for a rescue type event if we need to get someone off the top of a building, otherwise, to flow a lot of water,” Captain Caleb Feine with the Rochester Fire Department said. “Or big fire where we need to put out a lot of fire in a short amount of time.”
The nozzle can spray as much as 2,000 gallons of water per minute.
New hire Mike Buss said this exercise is one of his favorites.
”I'm trying to contain my excitement,” he said. “Climbing both truck 42 and truck 12 were a bucket list item of mine, so yeah, it's a pretty good day.”
Buss is now with RFD after working as a paramedic in Rochester for a number of years.
“I've worked with a lot of these guys on the street in a different capacity for years and years and years. But then, now to actually do this with them, you get a bigger level of trust for everybody and that's been really neat,” he said.
It’s just a few weeks into training but Buss says the biggest take away he’s learning from training, is how much the department operates by its core values.
“Courage, integrity, and pride. You know, it's a courageous job to come out and do this every day. There has to be integrity amongst the community and amongst the people that you work with,” Buss said.
The new recruits graduate from their training on May 23rd.