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    Mid-Winter Fire School turns the heat up in Riverton this weekend [Photo Gallery]

    Every winter since 1972 hundreds of firefighters have converged on Riverton for the annual Mid-Winter Fire School.

    This year, there were roughly 300 firefighters in attendance, representing roughly 100 different units. Firefighters from every county in Wyoming and a few Montana-based units participated.

    Live fire drills, smoke training, and high angle rescues were performed at the Wyoming State Fire Academy facilities near Smith Road. Central Wyoming College hosted classroom work, and Skagg’s Auto hosted vehicle extrication classes off of E. Monroe.

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    Event Chairman Scott Walters explained there were roughly 20 different classes that firefighters could participate in this weekend. Walters said that the vehicle extrication classes were unique this year in that the firefighters had been donated an electric car. “It changes everything we do with an electric vehicle extrication,” he said. “If we have to use the jaws of life, it runs the risk of getting electrocuted if done improperly, so it’s great for our guys to learn that.” He also explained that working on different ages of vehicles, and models, each presented a new set of challenges.

    Despite teeth-chattering weather, several firefighters at the live fire training told County 10 that it was actually a good thing to train in those conditions. One Green River-based firefighter said, “When we get inside, our masks fog up quick, equipment freezes up, it’s tougher to move, it’s real life and it’s good to train in real life circumstances.”

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