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By Rick Sampson and Allison Taylor
For The Transylvania Time 

Firefighters Challenged During 'Realistic' Training – Transylvania County NC


Last updated 7/27/2016 at 10:11pm

Local firefighters conducted intensive training last Saturday at Lake Toxaway Fire Department. Pictured are Darren Hall, Elijah Tankersley, Ed Lyda, Mathew Huter, Charlie Carter, Stephen Cox, Adam Hughey, Todd Nyberg, Jack Sgroi, Chase Owen; and Luis de la Peña, Rick Sampson, Allison Taylor, Kelley Eyster and Tyler Barton. (Times photos by Michael Rogers)

In the cold evening hours of this past January, a group of about 25 local volunteers began the process of completing the requirements for state certification as a firefighter.

Brevard Fire Department hosted the series, which was offered through Blue Ridge Community College as an effort to improve the capabilities of those interested.

Area firefighters from seven different departments in Transylvania County, and three departments in Henderson County answered the call.

The overall course entailed 340 hours of instruction and hands-on application.

Among the subjects being taught were fir...

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