Area school big help to local firefighters

The 15th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Fire and Rescue School takes place this weekend, and we encourage area residents to roll out the welcome mat to the visiting firefighters and rescue personnel.

For more than a decade, this school has provided an opportunity for hundreds of paid and volunteer firefighters to gather to enhance their skills and knowledge in order to become better prepared to protect all of us.

Whether it is basic firefighting skills, vehicle extrication or something more advanced like handling a fire at a reported meth lab or ATV rescue techniques, our emergency personnel need to constantly train for a variety of incidents and scenarios.

It doesn’t matter if they are part of a paid municipal department or a rural volunteer organization, they are all there to make sure the rest of us are as safe as possible.

Hundreds of firefighters come from all over the country to take part each year, with training provided by some of the best in their fields.

We are fortunate to have this school call the Ohio Valley home. We thank those local firefighters who work so hard to make sure the school is a success each year. We also thank all those who are involved in putting together the fire school every year, in particular the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department, RESA 6, the Brooke County Board of Education, Wheeling-Nisshin, the state Division of Technical and Adult Education, Lauttamus Communications and the Brooke-Hancock Local Emergency Planning Commission.

Welcome to all those visiting firefighters taking part in this year’s fire school. We wish you all well as you take part in your training and hope you enjoy your time in the Ohio Valley.