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Putnam County Fire Department stands ready

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Ongoing training designed to protect citizens, property

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    Firefighters from four different fire departments train alongside the Putnam County Fire Department last week at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
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Of most all of the jobs in our world, being a firefighter is considered perhaps the most dangerous of them all. All public safety could fall into that category but when the bell rings at the firehouse, the only information they have at that moment is the existence of a fire or other dangerous situation.

Without blinking an eye with only the safety of citizens on their minds, the firefighters leap into action and do what they have been trained to do – save lives.

The operative word is training. And often concurrent to keeping the staff of the Putnam County Fire Department sharp and ready when “that call” comes in.

It is not a question of if that call comes in but rather a serious question of when it comes in.

Putnam County Fire Chief Tommy McClain has made it his mission to train his staff and give them the best equipment possible to save lives.

Last week, the Putnam County Fire Department hosted two classes taught by the staff of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Putnam County Administrative complex.

Both courses were attended by firefighters from Putnam County Fire Department as well as firefighters from Cartersville Fire Department, Milledgeville Fire Department, City of Morrow Fire Department, and the Henry County Fire Department.

The first class was Pump Service Testing followed by Practical Fire ground Hydraulics. Both courses involved classroom and hands on training including a written test.

“Putnam County Fire Department continues to train constantly to provide the citizens and visitors of Putnam County with the best possible service in their time of need,” said Chief McClain. “A time that we hope never comes. Knowing that if it does, we must be ready to serve.”