The annual training of CDF firefighters is underway in Tuolumne County. “This training is absolutely required for any of our employees before they even get on a fire truck,” said Craig Konklin, the training director for the CDF/Tuolumne County Fire Department.
He says the training at the Columbia College Campus shouldn´t disturb any residents. “It should be very low profile for the community,” he said. “Citizens probably won´t even know it´s going on,” he said.
36 students are learning how to deal with both structure and wildland fires. The course lasts nine days. Eighteen of the trainees will be employed in the Tuolumne-Calaveras region. Some of them will go to the Madera-Mariposa-Merced area. Others will head off to fight fires in Amador and El Dorado Counties.