BY MELANIE BUCK –
Members of several fire departments took part in an all day training on Saturday, February 27, before heading over to Mena Airport to put their bookwork into action. Mena Fire Chief John Puckett said 17 members from Mena took the training and were joined by five members from Ink, three from Cedarville, and two from Jenny Lind.
The Advanced Exterior Fires training was presented by the Arkansas Fire Training Academy and worked on the area of live LP gas burning. Firefighters were split up into teams and learned to walk two hose lines up to a burning gas line and turn off the gas, all while protecting themselves with two shields of water, teaching not only life saving skills, but teamwork.