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Middle Tennessee Firefighters Train To Fight Wildfires

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 19:47:08-05

While four Brentwood firefighters battle flames on Mowbray Mountain, 20 Williamson County firefighters prepared to join the statewide war on wildfires eating through thousands of acres of land.

"We received a call last week asking how many people we had available to deploy,'" said Jay Bonson, Williamson County's Fire and Rescue Services Coordinator.

A total of 20 firefighters volunteered, but none had received federally mandated wildfire training.

The county didn't let that stop them from helping.

"We are doing expedited training for these 20 volunteers who indicated they'd like to go," Bonson said.

That training includes four hours of online classes, completed on the firefighters' own time. They'll likely be deployed just days later.

"We're the volunteer state," Bonson said. "We volunteer to help everybody, that's what we do."

In addition to those Williamson County firefighters, four more Brentwood volunteers will deploy this weekend.