Taylor conducted the class at sundown because he said firefighters need to be experienced responding to nighttime crashes. Firefighters readied their lighting equipment and practiced maneuvering around in full gear.
Buffalo firefighter Linda Lou Morris has responded to a lot of entrapment calls in her 13 years as an emergency responder. She's very familiar with head-on collisions, which often happen along Buffalo's two-lane roads.
Along U.S. Route 35, Morris said, she sees a lot of collisions between coal trucks and cars.
Miller said the Sissonville Fire and Rescue School trained more than 700 first responders from West Virginia and five other states in 2012. This year, more than 750 people came to learn about various topics, including basic and advanced firefighting techniques and team-building exercises.
Miller commended the firefighters for attending Saturday's classes, which should wrap up sometime Sunday.
Many who took classes are volunteer firefighters working on their spare time, he said.
"When someone calls 911, they don't ask if the person responding is paid or volunteer. They just want help," he said. "We're going to make sure we answer that call."
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