Recently the members of both the Nesquehoning Hose Co and New Columbus Fire Co have been hard at work training at the former Parano residence in the community. The structure is set for demolition at the end of the month.

The owners of the property had approached the fire company and offered the use of the structure up until the time of demolition.

Chief John McArdle stated that hands -on-training is what most firefighters desire and what every fire department should strive for when providing instruction. When training is both regular and realistic, it helps firefighters work as a powerful force on any fire ground or emergency scene. Lieutenants Matt Miller and Brenden McArdle were tasked with developing the training scenarios for this structure and led the crews through various stations. With a quick glance it looked very realistic.

With the summer like temperature these dedicated members, roughly 23 members, turned out several nights to practice in full turnout gear. The Nesquehoning Ambulance was also standing by and managed a fire fighter rehab station.

Each Fire-fighter was sent through rehab to have their vital signs taken and stable and to make sure they had plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration after completing one of the training stations.