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Firefighters train with Jaws of Life
Jaws for Life
Members of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department taking part in the extrication class last weekend. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

But to become proficient at using this high-tech equipment, firefighters have to train and practice using specialized tools, such as the Jaws of Life. Last weekend, the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department hosted an extrication class for its members and other firefighters from the area.
The 16-hour course was conducted Saturday and Sunday, with the classroom portion taking place at Station 5 on Darwell Long Road and the “hands-on” field portion at Coastal Auto Parts.
L/LCFD Fire Chief Richard Truman said he had 18 firefighters attend the training and two firefighters from Station 13 in Midway.
Truman said that with vehicles constantly changing, it is important for new and seasoned firefighters to attend up-to-date classes to stay abreast of the changes.
“This training will better enable our firefighters to serve our citizens and the general public as they travel through Long County,” he said.
Truman said he has plans for more training to help his firefighters continue to become more proficient at their job.
“We also are anticipating a rescue-specialist class in the fall of the year once the new curriculum is finalized, as well as a medical first-responder class,” he said. “We also will be in a hazmat-awareness class on March 15 in Liberty County.”

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