Lakewood, Wash. – Lakewood Fire District 2 Commissioner Waylin McCurley spent May 5th in North Bend at the Washington State Patrol Training Academy, seeing what firefighter training looks like, up close and personal. Firefighter Dan Bronoske lead Commissioner McCurley through training props (below) to show him how firefighters train with live fire.
This was a similar experience for Fire Commissioner Bonnie Boyle, as she went to Richland and participated in Fire Ops 101, sponsored by the Washington State Council of Firefighters. Fire Ops 101 is a comprehensive course to show civic leaders what goes into training firefighters. Commissioner Boyle learned about various aspects of a firefighter’s duties, including live fire.
The day that Commissioner McCurley spent with the Lakewood firefighters was very similar to Fire Ops 101 and he was able to be fitted with bunker gear, a self-contained breathing apparatus mask and helmet. On Tuesday, May 26th, Commissioner McCurley was acknowledged at the monthly Commissioner’s meeting by the District and Lakewood Professional Firefighters Local 1488. He was presented with the helmet he wore at North Bend as a token of their appreciation of his hard work.
Lakewood Fire District 2 and Lakewood Professional Firefighters Local 1488 would like to thank Commissioner McCurley for participating in this drill and hopes it was a memorable experience.