Last night, Mapleton, Swisshome / Deadwood, and Siuslaw Valley Fire Districts came together for training funded through the SAFER Grant. The training was taught by Operations Chief Jim Dickerson of SVFR and focused on Initial First Responder assessments and actions. We were lucky as this was the only class scheduled in doors and it was raining. Future outside classes may be a bit damp. Still, with the enthusiasm generated last night, all the communities from Deadwood to the coast will benefit from our fire departments working together. The Chiefs at all these departments are really working hard to generate positive interest for their volunteer firefighters. When you see Chief Patterson, Chief Lindsey and Chief Hertzbach, let them know you appreciate their drive to make our communities better.

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