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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire training

April 8, 2018

AMBOY – More than 80 fire departments responded to a call in Amboy over the weekend, but there was no reason for alarm.

The call was put out by the Amboy Fire Department and it went out months ago to fellow firefighters across the nation.

The dozens of departments, hundreds of firefighters, and a small army of volunteers who converged on the town of 2,300 people Saturday were there for some lifesaving lessons, courtesy of the Amboy Fire and Extrication School.

The Amboy Fire Protection District hosted the Amboy 10th bi-annual training event at Amboy High School. The all-day school taught all things firefighting, from the ground up – from a course on grain bin rescues to one on incorporating drones into firefighting.

Collectively, the crew of instructors – more than 50 in all – brought hundreds of years of experience, and came from as close as Amboy to as far away as New York and New Orleans.

The event also included recognition ceremonies, plenty of firefighting fellowship, and an after-hours brotherhood event at the Amboy Fire Department, with a party and live music.

The training school, which the department takes turns hosting with the the Blackhawk Firefighter Association, started 20 years ago and has steadily grown since then, evolving and adding timely topics through the years, topics that at one time would have barely been on fire departments’ radar: active shooter training, opioid OD’s and drone training, to name a few.