NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A group of firefighters returned home Wednesday night, after doing some training in Canada.
They picked up tips on things like water searches that will hopefully help them here in our state.
A warm welcome home for Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employees and private sector fire fighters.
The 19-member crew were sent to Canada on a 12 day mission, fighting a 30,000 acre wildfire.
"We had a chance to move folks into roles that they not always get the chance to be in as firefighters, so they had a lot of time on the radio. They logged over 24/25 hrs. a piece on the helicopter, which is a significant amount of time," said Chris Renshaw Crew Boss, Connecticut wildfire crew.
It was an opportunity for crews to learn special training and rescue tactics.
"You can't teach live fire in a classroom. In the building that's burning, in the woods that's burning, we can explain it but until you've been there you need to experience," said Rich Schenk, Fire Control Officer, DEEP.
Crew members say training on new tools will help them respond to emergencies here at home.
"100% of the crew had hands on experience with GPS so they are pretty much experts with the right over to how we manage incidences here in the States," said Renshaw.
"The GPS is a tool that we use we go out and mark the actual spot with ordinance longitude latitude with the tool that GPS Garmin. Then once we get those the GPS will guide us to the hotspot in the middle, because we're in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the woods, and we can find it almost the exact point," said Eric Gileau, a firefighter.
"If the call comes then we have plenty of people to come and help out with tons of experience. Good learning tools, helicopters and GPS," said Margo Ward, DEEP.
The hands on training will also give local firefighters the confidence they need to carry out future missions.
"The experience of being at a large incident, you can apply it to almost anything," said Ward.
The crew leader says these training missions give them more confidence so that they can handle anything in the field.
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