A brand new fleet crew with Washington State Ferries are learning how to fight fires this week. For two days, 70 employees have been participating in fire training as part of two week training program preparing crew for emergencies on the water.
"We do firefighting, we do in-water rescue and we do first aid," said Washington State Ferries Director Amy Scarton. "That's because a lot of things happen on our boats and we want our folks to be able to put out the fire or birth the baby."
This year's class is double the size of the 2016 class because there's a greater need for workers, with an aging workforce throughout the fleet.