Athens Fire Department

ATHENS — Being a volunteer firefighter isn’t an easy job, particularly where training and finding time to do it, is concerned.

In an effort to provide volunteer firefighters a chance to get more concentrated training at a time which is convenient for them, the Athens Volunteer Fire Department, in partnership with Concord University, will be holding a fire school on the first two weekends of June.

AVFD Captain Andrew Miller, who, along with AVFD Lt. Benjamin Holdren, is in charge of planning for the school, said Tuesday, “The Athens-Concord Fire School is specific training to better equip local volunteer departments to handle situations ranging from haz-mat situations to high-angle road rescues.”

The university, he added, was providing the classroom and other space needed for the classes.

“We started planning for it last fall. We’re going to do it on June 5-7 and June 12-14 because we realize that volunteer firefighters have jobs and that the weekends present less chance of conflict for them,” he said.

AVFD and CU alumnus Doug Cline, now a fire chief in Horry County, N.C., will be a guest presenter, Miller said, along with Box 1970, which will be doing presentations dealing with smoke and fire in close quarters, dealing with locked doors and basic entry.

“The class is open for all local volunteer fire departments first. After they have signed up, we’ll be available for others to join us. We’ll start signing up people in mid-February,” Miller said.

For more information, check out the Athens-Concord Fire School Facebook page or contact the AVFD at 304-384-7333.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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