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By WILLIE CIRONE, Senior Correspondent | June 20, 2021 | NEW YORK

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BAY SHORE, NY - The Bay Shore FD recently attended brush truck training given by the New York Wildfire Academy. The training included 12 hours of classroom instruction on limitations of Engines and Crews, Fire Behavior, weather, fuels and topography. New York State Rangers talked about the past history of fire on the island and future fire predictions, along with structure protection. Firefighters that are not eligible to drive can still take the classroom part and receive an Awareness Certificate. After the classroom portion was the driving field day at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, a 1.5 mile course for large brush trucks, and a 1.2 mile course for smaller brush trucks. Both have sand pits, "K" turns, backing areas and some very tight spots. At the end of the driving day students also received an operations certificate.

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