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Veteran firefighters train next generation

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Nearly 20 new firefighters from local departments learned the fundamentals of safety on the job. 

"A lot of the stuff that we're teaching, they can take back to their departments and teach other guys that weren't able to come here today," said Herrin Fire Chief Sean Priddy.

Priddy is one of several local instructors who train young firefighters. 

"Two of the most important things firefighters should know in their training is fire behavior and building construction," said Priddy. 

Ron Rains with the Illinois Fire Service Institute says he wants this training to be proactive. 

"We don't get to train enough, we're very reactive in the fire service," said Rains. 

Instructors taught several techniques like "throwing ladders," search and rescue; advancing hose lines, car fires, and more. This training is important so more deaths don't occur. So far in 2018, 26 firefighters have been killed according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

"There's been a lot of firemen killed over the years advancing a hose line into a residence when they didn't sound the floor. The floor might've looked good it might have had carpeting on it. Then a couple steps in you're in the basement. We want to teach these kids good habits we want to teach them the right way to do things," said Rains. 

Rains says good habits make better firemen. 

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