Clovis training 6 new firefighters

FRESNO, Calif.

Training took place Monday morning at the Clovis Fire Department training yard in a "flash-over burn prop".

The building is specially made to teach fire fighters to recognize and predict the outcomes of fires. The training was also made possible with a two-year grant.

The City of Clovis hopes it will be a significant factor in helping the city to re-open Station 1, which was forced to close because of budget cuts.

"It's been approximately four years since we've been able to recruit firefighters are a result of state and city budget cuts. These firefighters represent to us what we believe is the future within the best of Clovis," Capt. John Watson said.

The six new recruits were hired January 3 and are solely funded by the two-year federal grant.

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