By CLINT FOSTER
Last weekend, the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department held its annual North Central Texas Area Fire Protection School to train firefighters from all over the state with great success.
On Sunday alone, MWVFD Assistant Fire Chief Robert Coker trained 36 firefighters with the help of 13 instructors and 10 safety personnel.
His group put out repetitive burnings at a structure in the 1000 block of SW 4th Avenue – a home that the owners donated to Central United Methodist Church across the street, who, in turn, allowed to firefighters to use it for their training.
Coker said after burning and dousing the building multiple times throughout the day, they burnt it to the ground.
“It went great, absolutely great,” he said of this year’s fire school. “[There was] a lot of good training and several good reports from individuals that took the class.”
He added that the school is important because it gives firefighters comprehensive training from experts in the field from multiple different areas, including Haltom City, Parker County and Mineral Wells.
“It brings such a wide range of knowledge because we have instructors from all over come to help us,” he said. “It gives you a wide range of ways of doing things and different techniques that the firefighters wouldn’t get on a regular basis if it wasn’t for a school like that.”