What usually takes three months took three weekends for nine firefighters from northern Door County to get qualified for additional duties. Members from the Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, and Washington Island Fire Departments spent a pair of weekends in Door County before a day at a practice burn tower in Green Bay to earn their interior firefighting qualification. Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald saw two of his members, Stephan Reynolds and Mike Weber, earn the classification. He says the 60-hour class taught by instructor Paul Swanson was great for firefighters short on time.
MacDonald says the addition of Weber and Reynolds means 28 of its 30 firefighters are qualified to battle interior blazes.
Photo courtesy of Ephraim Firefighters Association