Firefighters Eric Minga, Damon S. Estes, Will R. McReynolds, and Theophilus J. Brand of Columbus Fire Department all graduated from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter course at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.
This six-week course included classroom and practical instruction in fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials, and other topics. This course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 83-1-37.
The Mississippi State Fire Academy is an extension of the Mississippi Insurance Department. Commissioner Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Reggie Bell said that firefighters, through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, will be an asset to the fire departments they represent in implementing fire protection for their communities.
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