ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WOWK) – The St. Albans Fire Department has taken on a new class of Probationary firefighters and they are in the very beginning of the 8-week-intensive fire academy.
“You can be tired, hot, miserable and you can think you can’t go any farther but you can’t quit,” says Lt. Chris Collins, who has been with the department for eight years.
Thursday was a trying day for the new guys as they worked on forcible entry and ventilation skills wearing full gear in the more than ninety-degree-heat.
“For generations, these guys have been topnotch firefighters and now it is our job as leaders of the fire department to get the new guys to that level and instill those expectations in them,” says St. Albans Fire Chief, Lance Carney.
Probationary firefighters Lilly, Webster and Mason will have to prove themselves over the next few weeks of Fire Academy to stay with the department.