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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery Hosts Volunteer Firefighter Training

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) — Volunteer firefighters were focused as they battled raging flames during volunteer firefighter training at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.

Nicole Walters and John Ford of the East Jackson Volunteer Fire Department said they came to the training to further prepare.

“We are used to indoor firefighting, and here it is something different, something we look forward to. We look forward to any type of fire training, especially as volunteers. We try to soak in as much as possible,” Ford said.

Officials said the training included vehicle extraction, smoking room rescue training and extinguishing gas pump and fuel tank flames.

Emergency services manager Kaci Diantoniis said the company was happy to offer the free, specialized training.

“Being able to pass on this expertise to our volunteer firefighters who may not receive this type of training is truly an incredible opportunity for us. This is what they may encounter in the performance of their duties,” Diantoniis said.

Even though firefighters must spring into action while carrying gear weighing 80 pounds, Ford applauds the firefighters for traveling from the coast and across the state for taking the time to train.

“Every fire is different. You never know when you will need certain types of training. You always have a bigger toolbox to use when you’re in the fire field,” Ford said.

Training had to take a break due to COVID-19, but Chevron plans to continue annual training.

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