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FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — Two Foley firefighters were recognized on Tuesday after completing a rigorous state training program.
The city honored David Snyder and Lee Taylor with the Director’s Award during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Snyder and Lee both completed the Alabama Fire College smoke driver training course in December.
According to Foley Public Safety Director David Wilson, fewer than 1% of firefighters in the state of Alabama have completed the 60-hour training program.
“This achievement is worthy and the recipient is most deserving of the Director’s Award,” Wilson said.
The Foley Fire Department worked with Gulf Shores Fire Department Chief of Operations Robert Rowland on the program. He said firefighters begin preparing for the course a year in advance, and the course takes them into unordinary situations.
“What this class is best for is preparing you for when that call isn’t routine. It pushes you to where you probably didn’t know you could go,” Rowland said. “David and Lee did a tremendous job representing the Foley Fire Department, city of Foley.”
The smoke driver training course is designed to provide firefighters with realistic training to sharpen their skills and learn new techniques.
The five-day course consists of physical and mental challenges for firefighters. Each day includes a fitness event, drills, field evolutions and scenarios including heat, smoke and live fire training.
Most of the course is completed with firefighters wearing full protective gear. Students must understand firefighter survival and rapid intervention crew techniques before starting the course.
“The effort that our guys go through to make sure that they train and equip themselves mentally and physically,” Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said. “I appreciate what they do and what we’re able to do to equip them to do that.”