As we get closer to the start of fire season, some firefighting agencies are training brand new recruits. Rural Metro Firefighter recruits are getting hands-on experience, laying out a good foundation so when stress levels are high the work doesn’t suffer.
Corbin Laird is a full-time electrical engineer and a soon-to-be part-time firefighter.
“It was the Almeda Fire, I was sitting there doing a panel and felt like man I should be able to help,” said Laird.
It wasn’t soon after the Almeda Fire was contained that Laird found a way to help his community. He started talking with current firefighters about how to get involved. He’s been in the Academy since February.
“I’m excited, I’m really nervous,” said Laird, “I don’t know if funs the right word but I’m excited to go out there and help people”.
With fire season just around the corner, Laird and these other recruits are learning how to defend a fire when it threatens a home.