Arbala VFD welcomes first junior fire academy

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Clowns, safety, water balloon fight on schedule

  • Zach Mansfield turns the hose on himself at Arbala Junior Firefighter Academy this past weekend which 45 kids attended. See more photos on page 12A. Staff Photo by Taylor Nye
    Zach Mansfield turns the hose on himself at Arbala Junior Firefighter Academy this past weekend which 45 kids attended. See more photos on page 12A. Staff Photo by Taylor Nye
  • Journey Brumley completes an obstacle course filled with smoke to simulate a collapsed burning house.
    Journey Brumley completes an obstacle course filled with smoke to simulate a collapsed burning house.
  • Firefighters and junior firefighters pull the equipment sled — with some added weight — during the obstacle course section.
    Firefighters and junior firefighters pull the equipment sled — with some added weight — during the obstacle course section.
  • Quinn Glover receives a pep talk from Arbala VFD Chief Brian Fairchild before a race with a fire hose, which weighs approximately 20 pounds.
    Quinn Glover receives a pep talk from Arbala VFD Chief Brian Fairchild before a race with a fire hose, which weighs approximately 20 pounds.
  • Caleb Eoff and Rydan Friddle pretend to drive the Arbala fire engine.
    Caleb Eoff and Rydan Friddle pretend to drive the Arbala fire engine.
  • Volunteer firefighter Drew Fisher gets a jet of water to the face during the water fight.
    Volunteer firefighter Drew Fisher gets a jet of water to the face during the water fight.
  • Volunteer firefighter Blake Neal gleefully throws a water balloon during the water fight.
    Volunteer firefighter Blake Neal gleefully throws a water balloon during the water fight.
  • Volunteer firefighter Christy Fairchild helps Rydan Friddle aim the fire hose during the water fight.
    Volunteer firefighter Christy Fairchild helps Rydan Friddle aim the fire hose during the water fight.
  • Levi Fairchild aims an air horn during the water fight. Staff Photos by Taylor Nye
    Levi Fairchild aims an air horn during the water fight. Staff Photos by Taylor Nye
County VFD “We practice here so when they get in the real world, they know how to act and they don’t get afraid.” This is the guiding principle with which Captain Brian Fairchild and the Arbala Volunteer Fire Department approached their first ever junior fire academy. Forty-five kids ages 5-15 saw and experienced almost every emergency situation real firefighters come across in their daily…

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