The City of Pleasanton Fire Department hosted a training for multiple counties and firefighters over the weekend. Metro Fire provided the training, 76 students in total attended the three-day training. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, the trainees went through simulations involving vehicle extrication. The training grounds consisted of multiple vehicles and tools required during an extrication process. This was the first time Pleasanton hosted the training. Pleasanton Fire Chief Mario Escobedo said the training was a success and they hope to host it again next year.
“We’re here to provide this training to the Rescue Service so that our firefighters are up to par with their training and extrication,” said Escobedo. “It also helps provide a better service to the community.”
Escobedo added that one of the biggest challenges ahead of the training was finding instructors who had the availability. With firefighter training happening over the state, some instructors were already scheduled for other areas.
Students from all over made their way to Pleasanton for the weekend. In total, 24 different fire departments were represented. One firefighter traveled from Hollywood, Florida. Another firefighter on an international contract came from Spain.