Putting it all on the line

Putting it all on the line

Volunteer emergency responders make up bulk of local department’s firefighters
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Volunteers often are first to arrive at an emergency. Volunteers with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority receive training in attack and search-and-rescue techniques at the Los Pinos Fire Protection District training facility in Ignacio.
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A Durango Fire & Rescue Authority volunteer firefighter leans on a rescue dummy during training recently at the Los Pinos Fire Protection District training facility in Ignacio.
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Durango Fire & Rescue Authority volunteer firefighter Rick Irwin expels water from a fire hose during a recent training session.
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“I think they’re over the fire engine thing, sadly,” said Capt. Dave Tranum, who has been a volunteer firefighter with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority for longer than his kids have been alive. From left are Elliot, 4, and Grace, 6. Tranum said they still get a kick out of him bringing the fire engine to show and tell.
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