Area Firefighters Gather in Carthage for Additional Officer Training

Published 06/12 2014 06:45PM

Updated 06/12 2014 07:46PM

CARTHAGE, MO.--- Crews came from Nevada, Neosho, Joplin, Redings Mill, and Carthage fire departments to gather at the sheriff's office to expand their techniques as leaders. 

"We have all different ages of men here who are working their way up through the ranks, and this is just a way for them to become better officers," said Roger Williams, Carthage Fire Department Deputy Chief.

The class focuses on advancing an officer's knowledge and skills throughout their fire department. 

"As an officer, as a captain of the fire department, it's important that we learn how to deal with our men on a higher level than what I've been before," said Ryan Huntley, Carthage Fire Department Captain.

This course moves into more executive roles, expanding a lieutenant or captain's duties. 

"There's always new things coming up. Just a review of what you may have taken before is very important. Officers always need to be honing their leadership skills," said Chief Williams. 

It also allows leaders from each fire department to work together and have a plan set in place in case of an emergency. 

"Working with other departments on larger scale events, being able to have an idea where we're headed before we have that scene," said Captain Huntley.

He says simple things such as communication become a problem between fire departments if they're not prepared. 

"When we are on an emergency scene, we want to be able to pull up, do our jobs immediately without having to have that meeting on site there," he said. 

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