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Wildfire training began Saturday at Deer Park High School. Wildfire training began Saturday at Deer Park High School.
DEER PARK, Wash. -

Wildfire season is here, and firefighters are doing everything to make sure they’re ready. It was the first day of a regional interagency fire training at Deer Park High School.

It’s 21-year-old Jessie Hoag’s first year as a volunteer firefighter.

“We’re just learning the fire behavior and then hot spots of the fire,” she says.

She’s volunteering with Spokane County Fire District 4. The area is her home, so she wants to help protect it along with the people.

“I want to serve the community and give back the way I can,” she says.

Last year’s historic wildfires also influenced her decision.

“I had a few friends who went out on those big fires in this area and it did motivate me to get trained so I could be available to go help fight those big fires,” she says.

That’s because helping is Jessie’s way of life.

“We’re all called to help each other and love each other so we need to be available to help others and put others first rather than ourselves first,” she says.

Jessie hopes to become a full time firefighter. More than 500 people registered for the training.

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