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Firefighters participate in 52nd annual Firefighter's Drill School

Fire-fighters from all over the state, And some from out of state, headed to Old Forge this weekend for the 52nd annual Firefighters Drill School.

Posted: Sep 15, 2018 6:33 PM

OLD FORGE -- Fire-fighters from all over the state, And some from out of state, headed to Old Forge this weekend for the 52nd annual Firefighters Drill School.

The annual drill school is a three-day school where firefighters learn skills that will help them in the field.

John Montrose, New York mills Volunteer fire fighter, has been attending the annual drill school in Old Forge for nearly 50 years and says it has helped him become a better firefighter.

“It's a worthwhile education,” Montrose said.

Dan Rivet is a paramedic who started the school in 1966. He says he wanted the program to be educational, since not all fires are the same.

"Things change in firefighting toxic things that we handle like furniture now is all plastics, and they give out cyanide gases and it's just changed since I started," Rivet said.

Not only did local firefighters attend the program, but firefighters from other states came to join in on the action as well.

"We have them from New Jersey, we have them from Massachusetts State … They come from all over, but it's just a place where we can all meet as firefighters and EMS people and just share stories. Share experiences and hopefully learn" Rivet said.

The drill school has been around for 52 years. Organizers and firefighters hope it will be around for many years to come.

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