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Idaho County: Volunteer firefighters need more training

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Lawmakers from Idaho and Oregon say they are renewing efforts to change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, arguing that agencies should be using natural disaster dollars rather than money set aside for fire prevention. Lawmakers from Idaho and Oregon say they are renewing efforts to change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, arguing that agencies should be using natural disaster dollars rather than money set aside for fire prevention.
LEWISTON, Idaho -

Idaho County officials say there are plenty of volunteers when fire breaks out, but they want to make sure responders have the right equipment and training for the job.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that relying on volunteer firefighters could put the county at legal risk if they don't have proper training.

Idaho County Commission Skip Brandt told regional fire chiefs and managers Tuesday that it would be ideal if each department had two crews -- one for wildfires and one for structure fires.

Idaho County has four fire districts and 10 independent fire departments. Some are supported by tax dollars and others by donations, but all are staffed by volunteers.

Brandt wants to hold a public meeting to invite potential volunteers to sign up and invest in training.
 

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