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Four fire departments from the area met on June 25 to sharpen their skills for the sake of their communities.
About 35 safety personnel from Louisville City, Nimishillen Township, Osnaburg Township and Canton Township Fire Departments met at East Canton High School to use the grounds as a simulated structure fire site.
According to Canton Township Captain Rick Morabito, all four departments have areas under their coverage that do not have fire hydrants to access water to fight fires. This training session was designed to teach firefighters how to efficiently do a water shuttle to bring water from a long distance. He believes it is important for neighboring departments to work together to improve communication and the ease of working together to be more effective when property and lives could be at risk.
Four stations were set up in the school parking lot. There was a fill site, dump site, relay site and master stream sending water to an imaginary flaming barn. Portable ponds were created, flowing water through a variety of hose widths to give firemen experience with differing amounts of water flow.
Also involved in the day's activities were a few youth from Canton Local's Explorer program. This program for boys and girls ages 14-21 is through the Boy Scouts of America. The training session capped off with lunch in Smith gymnasium provided by HRN Restoration.