Central Illinois fire fighters receive additional training

By Joe Bennett

May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill -- More than 200 Heart of Illinois fire fighters spent the weekend honing their skills to prepare for emergencies.

The 29th annual Paul Lukavich Fire Training School was held at the Washing Fire Department.

Some of the rescue professionals touched up on basic training, while more experienced fire fighters took command classes.

Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn says the training school looks at multiple factors to adjust its content each year.

"In the volunteer fire service, there's a turn-over issue, and so we try to keep our training to that level to help small departments,” Vaughn says. “So it's basic auto extrication skills, fore skills, and then we build on those with other classes and look at the attendance and just look at the need and what's going on in our world."

The training is school is named after Paul Lukavich, a former Chief of Rescue at the Washington Fire Department.